Physics in Perspective

, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp 253-281

First online:

A Conversation with Hans Bethe

  • Judith GoodsteinAffiliated with015A-74, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125, USA, e-mail:


A Nobel laureate in physics speaks candidly about C. C. Lauritsen, Robert Millikan, and a number of other prominent physicists he has known and worked with at Cornell University, the California Institute of Technology, and the University of Rome. Bethe also describes his first impressions of nuclear physics, the political climate in Italy in the 1930s, and the Rome school of physics.

Key words: Bethe; physics history; Los Alamos; fascism.