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The logic behind my personal library


Subscribing to Woody Allen's thoughts on death
Jeremy Bernstein Scientist
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Well, I subscribe to something Woody Allen said, that he doesn't want to be there when it happens. Other than that, it's… about death. I'm concerned that I will leave a mess because I live alone and there's a lot of disorder and somebody's going to have to straighten it out. I mean, it's… you know, it's the sort of disorder that can be straightened out in a couple of mornings with a moving van but somebody's going to have to do it. I suppose maybe my sister will do it, if she wants, or perhaps her friends. And when people look around, they'll find things that I won't be around to explain. I won't be around to explain the books.

Born in 1929, Jeremy Bernstein is an American physicist, educator and writer known for the clarity of his writing for the lay reader on the major issues of modern physics. After graduating from Harvard University, Bernstein worked at Harvard and at the Institute of Advanced Studies at Princeton. In 1962 he became an Associate Professor of Physics at New York University, and later a Professor of Physics at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, a position he continues to hold. He was also on the staff of The New Yorker magazine.

Listeners: Christopher Sykes

Christopher Sykes is an independent documentary producer who has made a number of films about science and scientists for BBC TV, Channel Four, and PBS.

Tags: Woody Allen

Duration: 1 minute, 4 seconds

Date story recorded: 15th June 2011

Date story went live: 28 October 2011