July 1983

Science Observed: Essays Out of My Mind

Author Affiliations

University of Arizona Health Sciences Center Tucson, AZ 85724


by Jeremy Bernstein, 376 pp, $16.30, New York, Basic Books Inc, 1982.

Am J Dis Child. 1983;137(7):705. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1983.02140330087028

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What do quarks and a French woman in a bikini with a daughter with imaginary playmates have in common? What is the relationship between Albert Einstein, Stanley Kubrick, Bobby Fisher, and Carl Sagan? The common thread is Jeremy Bernstein, whose field is elementary particle physics, but whose relevance to us is as science reporter, translator, and analyst. He has presented the reader with a delightful, well-written, and informative series of seemingly disconnected essays. They range from artificial intelligence to science fiction to the general and special theories of relativity to making movies (a la Kubrick) to playing chess (a la Fisher) to television science (a la Sagan) to bubble and squeak. The definition of the last I'll leave to your reading of the 15th essay in this volume.

Why does this review appear in a pediatrics journal, of all places? Because too often we become embedded in our own concerns