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Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: But if oxen (and horses) and lions had hands or could draw with hands and But if oxen (and horses) and lions had hands or could draw with hands and create works of art like those made by men, horses would draw pictures of gods like horses, and oxen of gods like oxen, and they would make the bodies [of their gods] in accordance with the form that each species itself possesses. — Steven Weinberg
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Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: I don't need to argue here that the evil in the world proves that the I don't need to argue here that the evil in the world proves that the universe is not designed, but only that there are no signs of benevolence that might have shown the hand of a designer. — Steven Weinberg
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Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: Some for the Glories of the World, and some Sigh for the Prophet's Paradise to Some for the Glories of the World, and some Sigh for the Prophet's Paradise to come; — Steven Weinberg
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Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: It appears that anything you say about the way that theory and experiment may interact It appears that anything you say about the way that theory and experiment may interact is likely to be correct, and anything you say about the way that theory and experiment must interact is likely to be wrong. — Steven Weinberg
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Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: This also serves as a warning, that science may not yet be in its final This also serves as a warning, that science may not yet be in its final form. — Steven Weinberg
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Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: It does not matter whether you win or lose, what matters is whether I win It does not matter whether you win or lose, what matters is whether I win or lose! — Steven Weinberg
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Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: In complexity, it is only simplicity that can be interesting. In complexity, it is only simplicity that can be interesting. — Steven Weinberg
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Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: The universe is an enormous direct product of representations of symmetry groups. The universe is an enormous direct product of representations of symmetry groups. — Steven Weinberg
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Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: Its a consequence of the experience of science. As you learn more and more about Its a consequence of the experience of science. As you learn more and more about the universe, you find you can understand more and more without any reference to supernatural intervention, so you lose interest in that possibility. Most scientists I know dont care enough about religion even to call themselves atheists. And that, I think, is one of the great things about science-that it has made it possible for people not to be religious. — Steven Weinberg
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Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: The more comprehensible the universe becomes the more pointless it seems. The more comprehensible the universe becomes the more pointless it seems. — Steven Weinberg
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Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: Rational argument can be defeated by refusing to argue rationally. Rational argument can be defeated by refusing to argue rationally. — Steven Weinberg
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Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: [C]reationists [and] other religious enthusiasts [are], in many parts of the world ... , the [C]reationists [and] other religious enthusiasts [are], in many parts of the world ... , the most dangerous adversaries of science. — Steven Weinberg
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Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: This is one of the great social functions of science - to free people from This is one of the great social functions of science - to free people from superstition — Steven Weinberg
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Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: I want to show how difficult was the discovery of modern science, how far from I want to show how difficult was the discovery of modern science, how far from obvious are its practices and standards. — Steven Weinberg
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Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: Itwas one time when people thought the value of the fine structure constant wasimportant. Now Itwas one time when people thought the value of the fine structure constant wasimportant. Now of course it's still important, of course, as a practical matter,but we now know that the value it has is a function, that in any fundamental theory you derive the fine structure constant as a function of all sorts of mass ratios and so on, and it's not really that fundamental. — Steven Weinberg
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Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: If you have bought one of those T-shirts with Maxwell's equations on the front, you If you have bought one of those T-shirts with Maxwell's equations on the front, you may have to worry about its going out of style, but not about its becoming false. We will go on teaching Maxwellian electrodynamics as long as there are scientists. — Steven Weinberg
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Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: If language is to be of any use to us, then we ought to try If language is to be of any use to us, then we ought to try and preserve the meaning of words, and 'god' historically has not meant the laws of nature. — Steven Weinberg
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Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: Our mistake is not that we take our theories too seriously, but that we do Our mistake is not that we take our theories too seriously, but that we do not take them seriously enough. — Steven Weinberg
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Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: The whole history of the last thousands of years has been a history of religious The whole history of the last thousands of years has been a history of religious persecutions and wars, pogroms, jihads, crusades. I find it all very regrettable, to say the least. — Steven Weinberg
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Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: Most scientists I know don't care enough about religion even to call themselves atheists. Most scientists I know don't care enough about religion even to call themselves atheists. — Steven Weinberg
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Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: They felt that science would be corrosive to religious belief and they were worried about They felt that science would be corrosive to religious belief and they were worried about it. Damn it, I think they were right. It is corrosive to religious belief and it's a good thing. — Steven Weinberg
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Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: The more the universe seems comprehensible, the more it also seems pointless The more the universe seems comprehensible, the more it also seems pointless — Steven Weinberg
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Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: The more we refine our understanding of God to make the concept plausible, the more The more we refine our understanding of God to make the concept plausible, the more it seems pointless. — Steven Weinberg
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Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: There is now a feeling that the pieces of physics are falling into place, not There is now a feeling that the pieces of physics are falling into place, not because of any single revolutionary idea or because of the efforts of any one physicist, but because of a flowering of many seeds of theory, most of them planted long ago. — Steven Weinberg
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Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: It seems to me that to understand these early Greeks, it is better to think It seems to me that to understand these early Greeks, it is better to think of them not as physicists or scientists or even philosophers, but as poets. — Steven Weinberg
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Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: Though aware that there is nothing in the universe that suggests any purpose for humanity, Though aware that there is nothing in the universe that suggests any purpose for humanity, one way that we can find a purpose is to study the universe by the methods of science, without consoling ourselves with fairy tales about its future, or about our own. — Steven Weinberg
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Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: It does not help that some politicians and journalists assume the public is interested only It does not help that some politicians and journalists assume the public is interested only in those aspects of science that promise immediate practical applications to technology or medicine. — Steven Weinberg
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Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: The proper measure of a philosophical system or a scientific theory is not the degree The proper measure of a philosophical system or a scientific theory is not the degree to which it anticipated modern thought, but its degree of success in treating the philosophical and scientific problems of its own day. — Steven Weinberg
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Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: Even before the start of history, the sky must have been commonly used as a Even before the start of history, the sky must have been commonly used as a compass, a clock, and a calendar. It could not have been difficult to notice that the Sun rises every morning in more or less the same direction, that during the day one can tell how much time there is before night from the height of the Sun in the sky, and that hot weather will follow the time of year when the day lasts longest. — Steven Weinberg
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Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: It seems a bit unfair to my relatives to be murdered in order to provide It seems a bit unfair to my relatives to be murdered in order to provide an opportunity for free will for Germans, but even putting that aside, how does free will account for cancer? Is it an opportunity of free will for tumors? — Steven Weinberg
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Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: It is almost irrestible for humans to believe that we have some special relation to It is almost irrestible for humans to believe that we have some special relation to the universe, that human life is not just a more-or-less farcical outcome of a chain of accidents reaching back to the first three minutes, but that we were somehow built in from the beginning. — Steven Weinberg
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Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: Premature as the question may be, it is hardly possible not to wonder whether we Premature as the question may be, it is hardly possible not to wonder whether we will find any answer to our deepest questions, any signs of the workings of an interested God, in a final theory. I think that we will not. — Steven Weinberg
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Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: It seems that scientists are often attracted to beautiful theories in the way that insects It seems that scientists are often attracted to beautiful theories in the way that insects are attracted to flowers - not by logical deduction, but by something like a sense of smell. — Steven Weinberg
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Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: Intelligent design ideology being promoted today is not science - it is rather the abdication Intelligent design ideology being promoted today is not science - it is rather the abdication of science. — Steven Weinberg
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Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: Elementary particles are terribly boring, which is one reason why we're so interested in them. Elementary particles are terribly boring, which is one reason why we're so interested in them. — Steven Weinberg
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Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: If there is no point in the universe that we discover by the methods of If there is no point in the universe that we discover by the methods of science, there is a point that we can give the universe by the way we live, by loving each other, by discovering things about nature, by creating works of art. And that - in a way, although we are not the stars in a cosmic drama, if the only drama we're starring in is one that we are making up as we go along, it is not entirely ignoble that faced with this unloving, impersonal universe we make a little island of warmth and love and science and art for ourselves. That's not an entirely despicable role for us to play. — Steven Weinberg
Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: The distinction between mathematics and science is pretty well settled. It remains mysterious to us The distinction between mathematics and science is pretty well settled. It remains mysterious to us why mathematics that is invented for reasons having nothing to do with nature often turns out to be useful in physical theories. In a famous article,8 the physicist Eugene Wigner has written of the unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics. — Steven Weinberg
Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: There are those whose views about religion are not very different from my own, but 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. — Steven Weinberg
Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: Many people do simply awful things out of sincere religious belief, not using religion as 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 Issac because God told him to do that. Putting God ahead of humanity is a terrible thing. — Steven Weinberg
Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: The struggle in the seventh century between Roman missionaries and Irish monks for control over The struggle in the seventh century between Roman missionaries and Irish monks for control over the English church was largely a conflict over the date of Easter. — Steven Weinberg
Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: Any possible universe could be explained as the work of some sort of designer. Even Any possible universe could be explained as the work of some sort of designer. Even a universe that is completely chaotic ... could be supposed to have been designed by an idiot. — Steven Weinberg
Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: A modern university dean might feel that this danger was a just punishment for Galileo's A modern university dean might feel that this danger was a just punishment for Galileo's evasion of teaching duties. But — Steven Weinberg
Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: An expert is a person who avoids the small errors while sweeping on to the An expert is a person who avoids the small errors while sweeping on to the grand fallacy. — Steven Weinberg
Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: It is even harder to realize that this present universe has evolved from an unspeakably It is even harder to realize that this present universe has evolved from an unspeakably unfamiliar early condition, and faces a future extinction of endless cold or intolerable heat. The more the universe seems comprehensible, the more it seems pointless. — Steven Weinberg
Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: Even though their arguments did not invoke religion, I think we all know what's behind Even though their arguments did not invoke religion, I think we all know what's behind these arguments. They're trying to protect religious beliefs from contradiction by science. They used to do it by prohibiting teachers from teaching evolution at all; then they wanted to teach intelligent design as an alternative theory; now they want the supposed "weaknesses" in evolution pointed out. But it's all the same program - it's all an attempt to let religious ideas determine what is taught in science courses. — Steven Weinberg
Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: It used to be obvious that the world was designed by some sort of intelligence. It used to be obvious that the world was designed by some sort of intelligence. What else could account for fire and rain and lightning and earthquakes? Above all, the wonderful abilities of living things seemed to point to a creator who had a special interest in life. Today we understand most of these things in terms of physical forces acting under impersonal laws. We don't yet know the most fundamental laws, and we can't work out all the consequences of the laws we do know. The human mind remains extraordinarily difficult to understand, but so is the weather. We can't predict whether it will rain one month from today, but we do know the rules that govern the rain, even though we can't always calculate their consequences. I see nothing about the human mind any more than about the weather that stands out as beyond the hope of understanding as a consequence of impersonal laws acting over billions of years. — Steven Weinberg
Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: Alas, Islam turned against science in the twelfth century. The most influential figure was the Alas, Islam turned against science in the twelfth century. The most influential figure was the philosopher Abu Hamid al-Ghazzali, who argued in The Incoherence of the Philosophers against the very idea of laws of nature, on the ground that any such laws would put God's hands in chains. According to al-Ghazzali, a piece of cotton placed in a flame does not darken and smoulder because of the heat, but because God wants it to darken and smoulder. After al-Ghazzali, there was no more science worth mentioning in Islamic countries. — Steven Weinberg
Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: A theorist today is hardly considered respectable if he or she has not introduced at A theorist today is hardly considered respectable if he or she has not introduced at least one new particle for which there is no experimental evidence. — Steven Weinberg
Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: Despite the experimental success of the theory...the fact that the infinities occur at all continues Despite the experimental success of the theory...the fact that the infinities occur at all continues to produce grumbling...Dirac in particular always referred to renormalization as sweeping the infinities under the rug. I disagreed with Dirac and argued the point with him at conferences at Coral Gables and Lake Constance. Taking account of the difference between the bare charge and mass of the electron and their measured values is not merely a trick that is invented to get rid of infinities; it is something we would have to do even if everything was finite. There is nothing arbitrary or ad hoc about the procedure; it is simply a matter of correctly identifying what we are actually measuring. — Steven Weinberg
Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: The progress of science has been largely a matter of discovering what questions should be The progress of science has been largely a matter of discovering what questions should be asked. — Steven Weinberg
Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: It was essential for the discovery of science that religious ideas be divorced from the It was essential for the discovery of science that religious ideas be divorced from the study of nature. — Steven Weinberg
Weinberg Steven Sayings By Michio Kaku: In sum, the fruition of 50 years of research, and several hundred million dollars in In sum, the fruition of 50 years of research, and several hundred million dollars in government funds, has given us the following picture of sub-atomic matter. All matter consists of quarks and leptons, which interact by exchanging different types of quanta, described by the Maxwell and Yang-Mills fields. In one sentence, we have captured the essence of the past century of frustrating investigation into the subatomic realm, From this simple picture one can derive, from pure mathematics alone, all the myriad and baffling properties of matter. (Although it all seems so easy now, Nobel laureate Steven Weinberg, one of the creators of the Standard Model, once reflected on how tortuous the 50-year journey to discover the model had been. He wrote, "There's a long tradition of theoretical physics, which by no means affected everyone but certainly affected me, that said the strong interactions [were] too complicated for the human mind.") — Michio Kaku
Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: Whatever the final laws of nature may be, there is no reason to suppose that Whatever the final laws of nature may be, there is no reason to suppose that they are designed to make physicists happy. — Steven Weinberg
Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: Science and technology benefit each other, but at its most fundamental level science is not Science and technology benefit each other, but at its most fundamental level science is not undertaken for any practical reason. — Steven Weinberg
Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: This doesn't mean that they commit themselves to the view that this is all there This doesn't mean that they commit themselves to the view that this is all there is. Many scientists (including me) think that this is the case, but other scientists are religious, and believe that what is observed in nature is at least in part a result of God's will. — Steven Weinberg
Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: Frederick Douglass told in his Narrative how his condition as a slave became worse when 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. — Steven Weinberg
Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: Nothing in physics seems so hopeful to as the idea that it is possible for Nothing in physics seems so hopeful to as the idea that it is possible for a theory to have a high degree of symmetry was hidden from us in everyday life. The physicist's task is to find this deeper symmetry. — Steven Weinberg
Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: As is natural for an academic, when I want to learn about something, I volunteer As is natural for an academic, when I want to learn about something, I volunteer to teach a course on the subject. — Steven Weinberg
Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it, you'd have good people Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it, you'd have good people doing good things and evil people doing bad things, but for good people to do bad things, it takes religion. — Steven Weinberg
Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: If there is a God that has special plans for humans, then He has taken If there is a God that has special plans for humans, then He has taken very great pains to hide His concern for us. To me it would seem impolite if not impious to bother such a God with our prayers. — Steven Weinberg
Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: You know, our fundamentalist friends dislike the teaching of evolution in schools because of the You know, our fundamentalist friends dislike the teaching of evolution in schools because of the effect they feel it has on our view of our own special importance, while liberals insist that scientific and spiritual matters can be kept in separate compartments. On this point, I tend to agree with the fundamentalists, though I come to opposite conclusions about teaching evolution because I am convinced it's true. — Steven Weinberg
Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: Our job in physics is to see things simply, to understand a great many complicated Our job in physics is to see things simply, to understand a great many complicated phenomena in a unified way, in terms of a few simple principles. — Steven Weinberg
Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: Finally, there is a more subtle relation among F, E, and V. Finally, there is a more subtle relation among F, E, and V. — Steven Weinberg
Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: The fact that Newton and Michael Faraday and other scientists of the past were deeply The fact that Newton and Michael Faraday and other scientists of the past were deeply religious shows that religious skepticism is not a prejudice that governed science from the beginning, but a lesson that has been learned through centuries of experience in the study of nature. — Steven Weinberg
Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: Einstein occasionally used "God" as a metaphor for the unknown fundamental laws of nature. Einstein occasionally used "God" as a metaphor for the unknown fundamental laws of nature. — Steven Weinberg
Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: This is often the way it is in physics - our mistake is not that This is often the way it is in physics - our mistake is not that we take our theories too seriously, but that we do not take them seriously enough. It is always hard to realize that these numbers and equations we play with at our desks have something to do with the real world. Even worse, there often seems to be a general agreement that certain phenomena are just not fit subjects for respectable theoretical and experimental effort. — Steven Weinberg
Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: Quantum field theory, which was born just fifty years ago from the marriage of quantum Quantum field theory, which was born just fifty years ago from the marriage of quantum mechanics with relativity, is a beautiful but not very robust child. — Steven Weinberg
Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: Maybe nature is fundamentally ugly, chaotic and complicated. But if it's like that, then I Maybe nature is fundamentally ugly, chaotic and complicated. But if it's like that, then I want out. — Steven Weinberg
Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: As you learn more and more about the irrelevance of human life to the general As you learn more and more about the irrelevance of human life to the general mechanism of the universe, the idea of an interested god, becomes increasingly implausible. — Steven Weinberg
Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: If (the antiproton) had not been discovered, the foundations of physics really would have crumbled. If (the antiproton) had not been discovered, the foundations of physics really would have crumbled. — Steven Weinberg
Weinberg Steven Sayings By Lawrence M. Krauss: In this sense, science, as physicist Steven Weinberg has emphasized, does not make it impossible In this sense, science, as physicist Steven Weinberg has emphasized, does not make it impossible to believe in God, but rather makes it possible to not believe in God. Without science, everything is a miracle. With science, there remains the possibility that nothing is. Religious belief in this case becomes less and less necessary, and also less and less relevant. — Lawrence M. Krauss
Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: The dream of a final theory inspires much of today's work in high-energy physics, and The dream of a final theory inspires much of today's work in high-energy physics, and though we do not know what the final laws might be or how many years will pass before they are discovered, already in today's theories we think we are beginning to catch glimpses of the outlines of a final theory. The — Steven Weinberg
Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: I think one of the great historical contributions of science is to weaken the hold I think one of the great historical contributions of science is to weaken the hold of religion. That's a good thing. — Steven Weinberg
Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: No thing happens in vain, but everything for a reason and by necessity. No thing happens in vain, but everything for a reason and by necessity. — Steven Weinberg
Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: As for me, I have just enough confidence about the multiverse to bet the lives As for me, I have just enough confidence about the multiverse to bet the lives of both Andrei Linde and Martin Rees's dog. — Steven Weinberg
Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: How strange it would be if the final theory were to be discovered in our How strange it would be if the final theory were to be discovered in our lifetimes! The discovery of the final laws of nature will mark a discontinuity in human intellectual history, the sharpest that has occurred since the beginning of modern science in the seventeenth century. Can we now imagine what that would be like? — Steven Weinberg
Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: Maybe at the very bottom of it ... I really don't like God. You know, 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. — Steven Weinberg
Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: On balance the moral influence of religion has been awful. On balance the moral influence of religion has been awful. — Steven Weinberg
Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: I'm offended by the kind of smarmy religiosity that's all around us, perhaps more in I'm offended by the kind of smarmy religiosity that's all around us, perhaps more in America than in Europe, and not really that harmful because it's not really that intense or even that serious, but just ... you know after a while you get tired of hearing clergymen giving the invocation at various public celebrations and you feel, haven't we outgrown all this? Do we have to listen to this? — Steven Weinberg
Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: I now want to tell three stories about advances in twentieth-century physics. A curious fact I now want to tell three stories about advances in twentieth-century physics. A curious fact emerges in these tales: time and again physicists have been guided by their sense of beauty not only in developing new theories but even in judging the validity of physical theories once they are developed. Simplicity is part of what I mean by beauty, but it is a simplicity of ideas, not simplicity of a mechanical sort that can be measured by counting equations or symbols. — Steven Weinberg
Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: Fine Structure Constant: Fundamental numerical constant of atomic physics and quantum electrodynamics, defined as the Fine Structure Constant: Fundamental numerical constant of atomic physics and quantum electrodynamics, defined as the square of the charge of the electron divided by the product of Planck's constant and the speed of light. — Steven Weinberg
Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: In science we don't have prophets. We have heroes, but not prophets. In science we don't have prophets. We have heroes, but not prophets. — Steven Weinberg
Weinberg Steven Sayings By Richard Dawkins: As the Nobel Prize-winning American physicist Steven Weinberg said, 'Religion is an insult to human As the Nobel Prize-winning American physicist Steven Weinberg said, 'Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it, you'd have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, it takes religion. — Richard Dawkins
Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: It is positively spooky how the physicist finds the mathematician has been there before him It is positively spooky how the physicist finds the mathematician has been there before him or her. — Steven Weinberg
Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people With or without religion, 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
Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: If history is any guide at all, it seems to me to suggest that there If history is any guide at all, it seems to me to suggest that there is a final theory. In this century we have seen a convergence of the arrows of explanation, like the convergence of meridians toward the North Pole. — Steven Weinberg
Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: I chose "Discovery" instead of "Invention" to suggest that science is the way it is I chose "Discovery" instead of "Invention" to suggest that science is the way it is not so much because of various adventitious historic acts of invention, but because of the way nature is. With all its imperfections, modern science is a technique that is sufficiently well tuned to nature so that it works - it is a practice that allows us to learn reliable things about the world. In this sense, it is a technique that was waiting for people to discover it. — Steven Weinberg
Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: We have simply arrived too late in the history of the universe to see this We have simply arrived too late in the history of the universe to see this primordial simplicity easily ... But although the symmetries are hidden from us, we can sense that they are latent in nature, governing everything about us. That's the most exciting idea I know: that nature is much simpler than it looks. Nothing makes me more hopeful that our generation of human beings may actually hold the key to the universe in our hands-that perhaps in our lifetimes we may be able to tell why all of what we see in this immense universe of galaxies and particles is logically inevitable. — Steven Weinberg
Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: Even in the dark times between experimental breakthroughs, there always continues a steady evolution of Even in the dark times between experimental breakthroughs, there always continues a steady evolution of theoretical ideas, leading almost imperceptibly to changes in previous beliefs. — Steven Weinberg
Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: I have a friend - or had a friend, now dead - Abdus Salam, a 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. — Steven Weinberg
Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: Mathematics is the means by which we deduce the consequences of physical principles. More than Mathematics is the means by which we deduce the consequences of physical principles. More than that, it is the indispensable language in which the principles of physical science are expressed. — Steven Weinberg
Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: In our universe we are tuned into the frequency that corresponds to physical reality. But In our universe we are tuned into the frequency that corresponds to physical reality. But there are an infinite number of parallel realities coexisting with us in the same room, although we cannot tune into them. — Steven Weinberg
Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: In trying to get votes for the Superconducting Super Collider, I was very much involved In trying to get votes for the Superconducting Super Collider, I was very much involved in lobbying members of Congress, testifying to them, bothering them, and I never heard any of them talk about postmodernism or social constructivism. You have to be very learned to be that wrong. — Steven Weinberg
Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: after all, our purpose in theoretical physics is not just to describe the world as after all, our purpose in theoretical physics is not just to describe the world as we find it, but to explain - in terms of a few fundamental principles - why the world is the way it is. — Steven Weinberg
Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: Much of the writing of physicists barely reaches the level of prose. Much of the writing of physicists barely reaches the level of prose. — Steven Weinberg
Weinberg Steven Sayings By Jim Holt: If by 'God' you have something definite in mind - a being that is loving, If by 'God' you have something definite in mind - a being that is loving, or jealous, or whatever - then you're faced with the question of why God's that way and not another way. And if you don't have anything very definite in mind when you talk about 'God' being behind the existence of the universe, then why even use the word? So I think religion doesn't help. It's part of the human tragedy: we're faced with a mystery we can't understand - Steven Weinberg — Jim Holt
Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: Another factor: Christianity offered opportunities for advancement in the church to intelligent young men, some Another factor: Christianity offered opportunities for advancement in the church to intelligent young men, some of whom might otherwise have become mathematicians or scientists. Bishops and presbyters were generally exempt from the jurisdiction of the ordinary civil courts, and from taxation. A bishop such as Cyril of Alexandria or Ambrose of Milan could exercise considerable political power, much more than a scholar at the Museum in Alexandria or the Academy in Athens. This was something new. Under paganism religious offices had gone to men of wealth or political power, rather than wealth and power going to men of religion. For instance, Julius Caesar and his successors won the office of supreme pontiff, not as a recognition of piety or learning, but as a consequence of their political power. — Steven Weinberg
Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: All logical arguments can be defeated by the simple refusal to reason logically All logical arguments can be defeated by the simple refusal to reason logically — Steven Weinberg
Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: If there is no solace in the fruits of our research, there is at least If there is no solace in the fruits of our research, there is at least some consolation in the research itself. Men and women are not content to comfort themselves with tales of gods and giants, or to confine their thoughts to the daily affairs of life; they also build telescopes and satellites and accelerators and sit at their desks for endless hours working out the meaning of the data they gather. — Steven Weinberg
Weinberg Steven Sayings By Steven Weinberg: Nothing about the practice of modern science is obvious to someone who has never seen Nothing about the practice of modern science is obvious to someone who has never seen it done. — Steven Weinberg