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Steven Weinberg

Geburtstag: 3. Mai 1933

Steven Weinberg ist ein US-amerikanischer Physiker jüdischer Herkunft und Nobelpreisträger . Er ist einer der Begründer der Vereinigung der elektromagnetischen und der schwachen Wechselwirkung zur elektroschwachen Wechselwirkung im Standardmodell der Elementarteilchenphysik. Weinberg ist auch bekannt für seine Beiträge zur Astroteilchenphysik und Kosmologie.

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„Das Bemühen, das Universum zu verstehen, ist eines der ganz wenigen Dinge, die das menschliche Leben ein wenig über die Stufe einer Farce erheben, und gibt ihm etwas von der Anmut der Tragödie.“

—  Steven Weinberg

Die ersten drei Minuten. München 1977, ISBN 3-492-22478-4. Übersetzer: Friedrich Griese
Original engl.: "The effort to understand the universe is one of the very few things that lifts human life a little above the level of farce, and gives it some of the grace of tragedy."

„Eine der größten Errungenschaften der Wissenschaft ist nicht, es intelligenten Leuten unmöglich zu machen, religiös zu sein, sondern es ihnen zumindest zu ermöglichen, nicht religiös zu sein. Dahinter sollten wir nicht zurückfallen.“

—  Steven Weinberg

Bild der Wissenschaft, 12/1999
Vortrag auf der Konferenz "Cosmic Questions" (Day 2: Is the Universe designed?) der American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) im National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. am 15. April 1999). Veröffentlichte Version: Steven Weinberg A Designer Universe ?, in: Paul Kurtz (Hrsg.), Science and Religion, Prometheus Books 2003, S. 40. Zuerst veröffentlicht in New York Review of Books, 21. Oktober 1999, wieder abgedruckt in The Skeptical Inquirer, Band 25, Nr. 5, September/Oktober 2001.
Original: en: One of the great achievements of science has been, if not to make it impossible for intelligent people to be religious, then at least to make it possible for them not to be religious. We should not retreat from this accomplishment.

„Ich denke, dass ein enormer Schaden von der Religion angerichtet wurde – nicht nur im Namen der Religion, sondern tatsächlich von der Religion.“

—  Steven Weinberg

The Atheism Tapes, BBC, 2004.
Original engl.: „I think enormous harm is done by religion – not just in the name of religion, but actually by religion.“ – The Atheism Tapes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3IZeQ3-ykc0, Jonathan Miller, Interview mit Weinberg, BBC 2004, 18:03min.
Zur Religion

„Je begreiflicher uns das Universum wird, desto sinnloser erscheint es auch.“

—  Steven Weinberg

Die ersten drei Minuten, Epilog
Original engl.: „The more the universe seems comprehensible, the more it also seems pointless.“ - Weinberg, The first three minutes, Bantam Books 1979, Epilogue, S. 144
Zur Wissenschaft

„Dass Elementarteilchenphysik in unseren Augen fundamentaler als andere Zweige der Physik erscheint, liegt daran, dass sie tatsächlich fundamentaler ist.“

—  Steven Weinberg

Der Traum von der Einheit des Universums Bertelsmann, München 1993, ISBN 3-570-02128-9.
Original engl.: „The reason we give the impression that we think that elementary particle physics is more fundamental than other branches of physics is because it is.“ - Weinberg, Dreams of a final theory Vintage 1993, S. 43
Zur Wissenschaft

„Mit oder ohne Religion würden gute Menschen Gutes tun und böse Menschen Böses. Aber damit gute Menschen Böses tun, bedarf es der Religion.“

—  Steven Weinberg

Original engl.: „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.“ - Weinberg in einer Rede auf der Konferenz „Cosmic Questions“ der American Association for the Advancement of Science am 15. April 1999, wiederabgedruckt in Paul Kurtz (Hrsg.): Science and Religion, Prometheus Books, S. 40.
Zur Religion

„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)
Kontext: 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.

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

—  Steven Weinberg

The Atheism Tapes (2004)
Kontext: 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.

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

—  Steven Weinberg

The Atheism Tapes (2004)
Kontext: 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.

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„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)
Kontext: 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.

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

—  Steven Weinberg

The Atheism Tapes (2004)
Kontext: 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.

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

—  Steven Weinberg

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

„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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