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1944: meeting with Niels Bohr after Bohr's talk with Roosevelt


Thomas Jefferson and Europe
John Wheeler Scientist
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Jefferson used to say, as our First Secretary of State, that America would be threatened if all Europe ever fell under the dominion of a single power. That was the time that Napoleon was threatening and we could not afford to let Napoleon win. So although we had just ended a war with Britain with the help of the French, we took action against the French. But today, we think of a union of Europe as friendly to the United States, and we propose to stay friendly.

John Wheeler, one of the world's most influential physicists, is best known for coining the term 'black holes', for his seminal contributions to the theories of quantum gravity and nuclear fission, as well as for his mind-stretching theories and writings on time, space and gravity.

Listeners: Ken Ford

Ken Ford took his Ph.D. at Princeton in 1953 and worked with Wheeler on a number of research projects, including research for the Hydrogen bomb. He was Professor of Physics at the University of California and Director of the American Institute of Physicists. He collaborated with John Wheeler in the writing of Wheeler's autobiography, 'Geons, Black Holes and Quantum Foam: A Life in Physics' (1998).

Duration: 1 minute, 4 seconds

Date story recorded: December 1996

Date story went live: 24 January 2008