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Unpublished paper with Milton Plesset


Bohr's critiques
John Wheeler Scientist
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I would say Bohr was regarded as somebody who rarely passed judgment, although you had to be a little careful when a report had been finished at his seminar, and somebody would ask Bohr what his opinion was. He would say "Beautiful" - well, that meant "OK". If he said "Significant" - well, that was the beginning of praise. But he was always very careful about not criticizing.

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: 52 seconds

Date story recorded: December 1996

Date story went live: 24 January 2008