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By Steven Weinberg

After "Facing Up: technology and Its Cultural Adversaries", protecting the interval 1987-2000, this can be the second one compilation of Steven Weinberg's common essays, protecting the interval 2000-2008.

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Just as Henry David Thoreau “traveled very much in Concord,” Nobel Prize–winning physicist Steven Weinberg sees a lot of the area from the window of his examine overlooking Lake Austin. In Lake perspectives Weinberg, thought of via many to be the preeminent theoretical physicist alive this day, keeps the wide-ranging reflections that experience additionally earned him a name as, within the phrases of recent York instances reporter James Glanz, “a robust author of prose that could illuminate—and sting.”

This assortment provides Weinberg’s perspectives on subject matters starting from difficulties of cosmology to diversified global issues—military, political, and non secular. at the same time he strikes past the limits of technology, each one essay displays his event as a theoretical physicist. And as within the celebrated dealing with Up, the essays show a perspective that's rationalist, reductionist, realist, and secular. a brand new advent precedes every one essay, explaining the way it got here to be written and bringing it modern the place necessary.

As an essayist, Weinberg insists on seeing issues as they're, with out melancholy and with strong humor. certain to impress his readers—postmodern cultural critics, lovers for manned area flight or missile safety, fiscal conservatives, sociologists of technological know-how, anti-Zionists, and non secular zealots—this ebook still bargains the excitement of a sustained come upon with probably the most fascinating clinical minds of our time.

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Lake Views: This World and the Universe

After "Facing Up: technological know-how and Its Cultural Adversaries", protecting the interval 1987-2000, this is often the second one compilation of Steven Weinberg's normal essays, protecting the interval 2000-2008.

***

Just as Henry David Thoreau “traveled greatly in Concord,” Nobel Prize–winning physicist Steven Weinberg sees a lot of the area from the window of his learn overlooking Lake Austin. In Lake perspectives Weinberg, thought of by way of many to be the preeminent theoretical physicist alive this present day, keeps the wide-ranging reflections that experience additionally earned him a name as, within the phrases of latest York instances reporter James Glanz, “a robust author of prose that could illuminate—and sting. ”

This assortment provides Weinberg’s perspectives on issues starting from difficulties of cosmology to various international issues—military, political, and spiritual. at the same time he strikes past the limits of technological know-how, each one essay displays his event as a theoretical physicist. And as within the celebrated dealing with Up, the essays convey a standpoint that's rationalist, reductionist, realist, and secular. a brand new creation precedes every one essay, explaining the way it got here to be written and bringing it modern the place necessary.

As an essayist, Weinberg insists on seeing issues as they're, with no depression and with reliable humor. bound to impress his readers—postmodern cultural critics, lovers for manned house flight or missile security, financial conservatives, sociologists of technological know-how, anti-Zionists, and spiritual zealots—this publication still bargains the excitement of a sustained come across with probably the most fascinating clinical minds of our time.

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174. 2. There is an example of the difficulty of explaining events in terms of causes that is much cited by philosophers. Suppose it is discovered that the mayor has paresis. Is this explained by the fact that the mayor had an untreated case of syphilis some years earlier? The trouble with this explanation is that most people with untreated syphilis do not in fact get paresis. If you could trace the sequence of events that led from the syphilis to the paresis, you would discover a great many other things that played an essential role—perhaps a spirochete wiggled one way rather than another way, perhaps the mayor also had some vitamin deficiency—who knows?

For instance, 1056 is the product of fifty-six tens, or a one followed by fifty-six zeroes, and 10–33 is the product of thirty-three factors of 1/10, or a decimal point followed by thirty-two zeroes and a one. I am grateful again to Michael Fisher of Harvard University Press for suggesting the publication of the original collection of my articles, Facing Up, and for his help now in publishing this second collection. Thanks are due to Terry Riley and Jan Duffy for finding many books and articles and old files.

The dark energy is the subject of the next essay in this collection. In the program for this lecture series at the New York Public Library I saw one vision of the future: Raymond Loewy’s conception of an airliner, as exhibited at the 1939 World’s Fair in New York. I was there at the 1939 World’s Fair, but I don’t remember Raymond Loewy’s design. I was very young. What I best remember are the fountains lit up by colored lights. Also, I remember that a dairy company was giving out tiny free ice cream cones.

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