The Life it Brings: One Physicist's Beginnings. Jeremy Bernstein. Ticknor & Fields, New York, 1987. 192 pp. $16.95.

Most of us, of course, know Jeremy Bernstein through his extensive New Yorker essays on the world of physics, essays that have included fascinating profiles of such great physicists as Hans Bethe and I.I. Rabi. In The Life It Brings, also based on a recent New Yorker series, Bernstein takes up his pen in the cause of autobiography.

He travels from his childhood in Rochester and four years at the Columbia Grammar School to his undergraduate and postgraduate years at Harvard, to two years at Princeton Institute for Advanced Study and thence onward to Paris where the book closes. It is a journey that brings Bernstein into contact and often friendship with some of the mid-2Oth century's leading physicists, among them Rabi, Lee and Yang, Murray GellMann and Julian Schwinger....

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