Friday, February 14, 2014

Richard Dawkins and Steven Weinberg Discuss Science and Religion

Richard Dawkins and Steven Weinberg discuss religion and science in a historical and modern context.

Here is one of those conversations and is probably one of the best examples of quiet discussion on matters of science and religion from a broad perspective.
Steven Weinberg, raised Jewish and having won the Nobel Prize with his friend and colleague Abdus Salam, a famous intellectual in the Islamic world and a practicing Muslim, is probably the the most broad minded Atheist in terms of seeing the differences in religious reasoning among Islam, Judaism and Christianity.

His discussion with Richard Dawkins is a very reasonable discussion and should be watched by Atheist and Theists in order to reconcile that a law for one group does not have to be a law for all.

Steven Weinberg is an American theoretical physicist and Nobel laureate in Physics for his contributions with Abdus Salam and Sheldon Glashow to the unification of the weak force and electromagnetic interaction between elementary particles.

A populariser of science in his own right and a legendary educator of physics, Weinberg is most famous for formulating the Electroweak Interaction in the Standard Model of Particle Physics, earning him the 1979 Nobel prize in Physics.

The 3 volumes of his textbook, "The Quantum Theory of Fields" are standard material for anyone studying theoretical particle physics, and his "Cosmology" textbook is probably the best book available for anyone seriously studying astrophysics in senior undergraduate and graduate years.

He also wrote the transcript of Richard Feynman's famous talk "Elementary Particles and the Laws of Physics" for The 1986 Dirac Memorial Lecture.

He is also the author of "The First 3 minutes", a popular science book discussing how the first 3 minutes in the history of the universe were, due to the fine tunings of the electroweak interaction, responsible for shaping our universe today and making it even remotely habitable. His famous textbook "Cosmology" is the standard textbook for anyone doing senior undergraduate to postdoctoral research in the field of Cosmology and Particle Physics of The Big Bang.


Richard Dawkins is another, more well known, scientist and populariser of science.
Dawkins is an evolutionary biologist and author. Richard Dawkins is an emeritus fellow of New College, Oxford, and was the University of Oxford's Professor for Public Understanding of Science from 1995 until 2008. Richard Dawkins most famous wroks are "The Selfish Gene" and "The God Delusion" and have made him a household name wherever evolutionary biology is concerned. Richard Dawkins, along with Christopher Hitchens, have been outspoken about their atheism where Steven Weinberg has been relatively silent about it with exceptions on only a few private conversations.

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