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Steven Weinberg

Fecha de nacimiento: 3. Mayo 1933

Steven Weinberg n. 3 de mayo de 1933 es un físico estadounidense. Ganó en 1979 el Premio Nobel de Física junto con Abdus Salam y Sheldon Lee Glashow por combinar el electromagnetismo y la fuerza nuclear débil en el Modelo electrodébil.

Weinberg se graduó del prestigioso instituto público Bronx High School of Science en 1950 y recibió su licenciatura por la Universidad de Cornell en 1954. Se doctoró en física por la Universidad de Princeton en 1957, estudiando bajo la dirección de Sam Treiman. En 2007 trabaja como profesor de física y astronomía para la Universidad de Texas en Austin, donde goza del privilegio de ser el profesor mejor pagado. En 2002, Weinberg recibió un doctorado honorario del Bates College.

En su obra Los tres primeros minutos del universo formula, entre otras cosas, una importante objeción a la teoría del Big Bounce. Según Weinberg, de ser cierta esta teoría, ahora tendría que haber una cantidad de luz infinita y, por tanto, no existiría la "oscuridad de la noche".

Weinberg es un enconado defensor del materialismo científico duro, alineado junto a personajes como Richard Dawkins en su ataque frontal al relativismo cultural y el constructivismo. Como consecuencia, se ha convertido en un célebre activista por el racionalismo y contra la religión. Quizás su cita más famosa fue la siguiente, pronunciada en 1999 durante un discurso en Washington D.C.:

Frases Steven Weinberg

„Tal vez la naturaleza sea fundamentalmente fea, caótica y complicada. Pero si es así no me interesa.“

—  Steven Weinberg

Vídeo en YouTube del programa Redes 2.0 en el que aparece la cita en el instante 6:48 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7BvcfBlh5k&NR=1

„El propósito de mi trabajo no es que la vida sea mejor. Lo que quiero es que sea más interesante.“

—  Steven Weinberg

La utilidad de la astronomía http://web.archive.org/20080205235916/elerizoyelzorro.blogspot.com/2008/01/la-utilidad-de-la-astronoma.html.

„Now I realise that many people don't believe in that any more who call themselves Muslims or Jews or Christians, but that is the traditional God and he's a terrible character. I don't like him.“

—  Steven Weinberg

The Atheism Tapes (2004)
Contexto: Maybe at the very bottom of it... I really don't like God. You know, it's silly to say I don't like God because I don't believe in God, but in the same sense that I don't like Iago, or the Reverend Slope or any of the other villains of literature, the god of traditional Judaism and Christianity and Islam seems to me a terrible character. He's a god who will... who obsessed the degree to which people worship him and anxious to punish with the most awful torments those who don't worship him in the right way. Now I realise that many people don't believe in that any more who call themselves Muslims or Jews or Christians, but that is the traditional God and he's a terrible character. I don't like him.

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„There is one constant that seems to be fine tuned…and that is dark energy.“

—  Steven Weinberg

The Atheism Tapes (2004)
Contexto: There is one constant that seems to be fine tuned... and that is dark energy.

„Putting God ahead of humanity is a terrible thing.“

—  Steven Weinberg

The Atheism Tapes (2004)
Contexto: Many people do simply awful things out of sincere religious belief, not using religion as a cover the way that Saddam Hussein may have done, but really because they believe that this is what God wants them to do, going all the way back to Abraham being willing to sacrifice Isaac because God told him to do that. Putting God ahead of humanity is a terrible thing.

„Maybe at the very bottom of it… I really don't like God.“

—  Steven Weinberg

The Atheism Tapes (2004)
Contexto: Maybe at the very bottom of it... I really don't like God. You know, it's silly to say I don't like God because I don't believe in God, but in the same sense that I don't like Iago, or the Reverend Slope or any of the other villains of literature, the god of traditional Judaism and Christianity and Islam seems to me a terrible character. He's a god who will... who obsessed the degree to which people worship him and anxious to punish with the most awful torments those who don't worship him in the right way. Now I realise that many people don't believe in that any more who call themselves Muslims or Jews or Christians, but that is the traditional God and he's a terrible character. I don't like him.

„I think the world needs to wake up from its long nightmare of religious belief; and anything that we scientists can do to weaken the hold of religion should be done, and may in fact be our greatest contribution to civilization.“

—  Steven Weinberg

Closing statements of presentation at Beyond Belief : Science, Religion, Reason and Survival (5 November 2006)
Contexto: There are those whose views about religion are not very different from my own, but who nevertheless feel that we should try to damp down the conflict, that we should compromise it. … I respect their views and I understand their motives, and I don't condemn them, but I'm not having it. To me, the conflict between science and religion is more important than these issues of science education or even environmentalism. I think the world needs to wake up from its long nightmare of religious belief; and anything that we scientists can do to weaken the hold of religion should be done, and may in fact be our greatest contribution to civilization.

„It is corrosive of religious belief, and it's a good thing too.“

—  Steven Weinberg

The Atheism Tapes (2004)
Contexto: I have a friend — or had a friend, now dead — Abdus Salam, a very devout Muslim, who was trying to bring science into the universities in the Gulf states and he told me that he had a terrible time because, although they were very receptive to technology, they felt that science would be a corrosive to religious belief, and they were worried about it... and damn it, I think they were right. It is corrosive of religious belief, and it's a good thing too.

„Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.“

—  Steven Weinberg

Address at the Conference on Cosmic Design, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington, D.C. (April 1999)
This comment is modified in a later article derived from these talks:
:Frederick Douglass told in his Narrative how his condition as a slave became worse when his master underwent a religious conversion that allowed him to justify slavery as the punishment of the children of Ham. Mark Twain described his mother as a genuinely good person, whose soft heart pitied even Satan, but who had no doubt about the legitimacy of slavery, because in years of living in antebellum Missouri she had never heard any sermon opposing slavery, but only countless sermons preaching that slavery was God's will. With or without religion, good people can behave well and bad people can do evil; but for good people to do evil — that takes religion.
:* "A Designer Universe?" at PhysLink.com http://www.physlink.com/Education/essay_weinberg.cfm

„The more the universe seems comprehensible, the more it also seems pointless.“

—  Steven Weinberg

Dreams of a Final Theory: The Search for the Fundamental Laws of Nature (1993), ISBN 0-09-922391-0.

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