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John Wheeler Scientist
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I am making use of a secretary now to finish a paper up. But my secretary is going away for a week to visit her daughter in Greenwich, in Denver, Colorado. And two days ago, one of the students who was a junior, came around and asked me if she could help me on this paper on the subject that we're talking about, of how come existence, how come the quantum. And I look forward to that as a way to make headway. Yes, no student: no progress. No deadline: no progress.

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

Date story recorded: December 1996

Date story went live: 24 January 2008