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The logic behind my personal library
Jeremy Bernstein Scientist
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If you look at my books, you won't understand. I mean, nobody will understand because there's no… there's a logic to it. Well, there's a logic but the only logic to it is me. I become interested in something and then I have a book. I was interested in the history of French. You'll find a history of French and you'll find a Tibetan dictionary. You'll find books of limericks. You know, you don't… you know, those shelves over there are… those are more logical. There's The Bomb and whatever. But there are all kinds of books on India, I got interested in Fanny Burney for a time and a lot of stuff on her. Doctor Johnson, I was interested in Doctor Johnson. Became interested in linguistics. A lot of books on linguistics. Books on the stock market.

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: book collection, logic, books

Duration: 1 minute, 13 seconds

Date story recorded: 15th June 2011

Date story went live: 28 October 2011