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How I used Fermi's results from bombarding nuclei


Colleagues in Copenhagen: Impressions of Werner Heisenberg
John Wheeler Scientist
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Heisenberg was dynamic and sure, and somebody one could look up to. I have never understood why he didn't take a bigger part in the German atomic bomb project during World War II. Unless it's lack of motivation. I think motivation in science is everything, and thank the lord, he didn't have the motivation.

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: 43 seconds

Date story recorded: December 1996

Date story went live: 24 January 2008