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Dreams of a Final Theory by Steven Weinberg – review

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Simulated trace of a Higgs boson. There are fears even the LHC may not be powerful enough to bring the final theory within our grasp.

Here is an elegant, leisurely and profound contemplation of science by a man who doesn’t know what he is talking about. That last barb is true only in one very limited sense. In every other respect, Steven Weinberg is the perfect guide: he is a Nobel laureate; he woke the publishing world up more than 30 years ago with a stunning introduction to modern cosmology called The First Three Minutes; he was a driving force behind what was going to be the world’s most extravagant experiment; and he explains himself with a fabulous command of language….. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 8, 2011 at 1:46 pm

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Nobelist Weinberg Ponders Higgs Boson, Dark Matter: Interview

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Interview by Zinta Lundborg
June 28 (Bloomberg) — Nobel Prize-winning physicist Steven Weinberg was in New York to talk about the future of big science.
Making new discoveries is expensive. The Large Hadron Collider built by CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, lies in a circular tunnel 17 miles in circumference under the Franco-Swiss border. It cost more than $10 billion, and required a global army of scientists and engineers to create.
As funding for basic research is cut, Weinberg worries that the current “heroic period” of physics will come to an end, leaving us ignorant of the fundamental laws of the universe.
Weinberg earned his 1979 Nobel Prize for work on the unified theory of weak and electromagnetic interactions and is widely regarded as the preeminent theoretical physicist in the world.
He currently holds the Jack S. Josey-Welch Foundation Chair in Science and is director of the Theory Research Group at the University of Texas at Austin.
We spoke at New York University during the World Science Festival….. Read the rest of this entry »

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June 28, 2011 at 8:19 pm