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Playing the trumpet


Jeremy Bernstein Scientist
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Friday, 08 September 2017 10:23 PM
Mine is 144 to 167 and i cannot due basic math..i assure you you are the highest of the spectrum.

Murray Gell-Mann was a contemporary of mine in school, although he was three years ahead. He went to Yale at age 15, but he was around. And we had a maths teacher in common, a Mr Reynolds, a sulphurous man who would say the wonderful people he had in previous courses. Of course, Murray was a wonderful person from a previous course. And then afterwards, he would say, 'In Tarrytown, we bury our dead.' And that showed us exactly what we were. But you had to do these things, because there was a New York State Regents Exam, and you had to pass the Regents Exam, which I did. And then there was a college entrance exam, which I took. I don't know how I did. And at some point, there was a psychologist who came and did IQ tests. And the only thing that she told me about my IQ was that, of the three of us - my sister and brother were also at the school then - my sister had the highest IQ, my brother the second-highest, and I the third. But she didn't say what our IQs were and I've never known mine. I've not the slightest idea, nor any interest in what it is.

Born in 1929, Jeremy Bernstein is an American physicist, educator and writer known for the clarity of his writing for the lay reader on the major issues of modern physics. After graduating from Harvard University, Bernstein worked at Harvard and at the Institute of Advanced Studies at Princeton. In 1962 he became an Associate Professor of Physics at New York University, and later a Professor of Physics at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, a position he continues to hold. He was also on the staff of The New Yorker magazine.

Listeners: Christopher Sykes

Christopher Sykes is an independent documentary producer who has made a number of films about science and scientists for BBC TV, Channel Four, and PBS.

Tags: Yale University, Murray Gell-Mann

Duration: 1 minute, 20 seconds

Date story recorded: 15th June 2011

Date story went live: 17 August 2011