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Thoughts on gravitational radiation. Joseph Weber


Discussing and formulating theories
John Wheeler Scientist
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It's so wonderful to be kicking something around with friends who share the same interest, and I don't know how to make progress except that way. To go off in a lighthouse with nobody around would be not my idea of making progress, although surely some periods of absolute isolation are good. If you can't kick a thing around with your friends then it doesn't take shape, it doesn't gel. But that's part of it. That's forming an idea. But getting it put together in a closed form demands some sort of a deadline, a deadline of a talk, a class lecture or a paper. But I confess my principle is generally: first you say it, and then you write down what you wish you'd said.

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, 37 seconds

Date story recorded: December 1996

Date story went live: 24 January 2008