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Understanding relativity

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My fascination with quantum and relativity
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I suppose that was hard to work off my childhood background. I had, while I was still in my last year in high school, been given a book of lectures [The Problems of Modern Physics, Relatively and Quantum Theory] that Lorentz, the great man of European physics, had given at the California Institute of Technology in 1927. And these lectures dealt with the quantum and with relativity. I couldn't ever break away from my fascination with the two issues he brought up.

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: 50 seconds

Date story recorded: December 1996

Date story went live: 24 January 2008