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'Boiled down' explanation of 'action at a distance' concept


Writing up papers
John Wheeler Scientist
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This business of interaction with the absorber, the far away absorber, as the mechanism of radiation, that I started with Feynman, I wanted to get written up and published. And as in the life of most of us, deadlines are a great help, there was a memorial issue for Einstein to come out in 1945, a memorial issue of the Reviews of Modern Physics, and we thought it would be great to write this up for that. But then we had some more ideas later on. And fortunately, there was another memorial issue of the Reviews of Modern Physics, for Niels Bohr. And we put another paper there.

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, 10 seconds

Date story recorded: December 1996

Date story went live: 24 January 2008