Steven Weinberg Quotes

Steven Weinberg Quotes.

This is one of the great social functions of science -

This is one of the great social functions of science – to free people from superstition
Steven Weinberg
I’m afraid that it’s not possible to design a defense against every conceivable threat that you can think of.
Steven Weinberg
Certainly science, because of its ability to increase our capacities to do things, raises terrible risks for us all. If it were possible to undiscover nuclear fission, I would be very happy to undiscover it, because of the risks that it puts us all under.
Steven Weinberg
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
The universe is an enormous direct product of representations of symmetry groups.
Steven Weinberg
Certainly good causes have sometimes been mobilized under the banner of religion, but you find the opposite, I think, more often the case.
Steven Weinberg
Anything that we scientists can do to weaken the hold of religion, should be done and may, in fact, in the end, be our greatest contribution to civilization.
Steven Weinberg
In my experience, many Americans think of religion as important and want to do whatever they can to support it. But if you ask them what they themselves believe, you’ll find they’re very uncertain about their religious beliefs. They don’t actually accept the theology of their official church.
Steven Weinberg
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.
Steven Weinberg
My work during the 1970s has been mainly concerned with the implications of the unified theory of weak and electromagnetic interactions, with the development of the related theory of strong interactions known as quantum chromodynamics, and with steps toward the unification of all interactions.
Steven Weinberg
The invisible and the non-existent look very much alike.
Steven Weinberg
One thing that is clearly not maximized by free markets is equality. I am talking not about that pale substitute for equality known as equality of opportunity but about equality itself.
Steven Weinberg
Symmetry principles are principles governing the laws of nature that say those laws look the same if you change your point of view in certain ways.
Steven Weinberg
I think one of the great historical contributions of science is to weaken the hold of religion. That’s a good thing.
Steven Weinberg
Even though I knew pretty early that I was going to be a scientist, it wasn’t the science that interested me in science fiction; it was the vision of future societies that, for better or worse, would be radically different from our own.
Steven Weinberg
An expert is a person who avoids the small errors while sweeping on to the grand fallacy.
Steven Weinberg
Rational argument can be defeated by refusing to argue rationally.
Steven Weinberg
It’s very difficult to convince other countries that they shouldn’t pursue nuclear weapons programs if we ourselves are actively developing a component of a strategic defense system.
Steven Weinberg
I would say it’s a lot easier to develop a decoy system than to develop the intercontinental ballistic missile itself. I would think that any country that could develop the missile could develop quite a decoy system. It doesn’t have to be terribly sophisticated.
Steven Weinberg
In complexity, it is only simplicity that can be interesting.
Steven Weinberg
All logical arguments can be defeated by the simple refusal to reason logically
Steven Weinberg
A physicist friend of mine once said that in facing death, he drew some consolation from the reflection that he would never again have to look up the word “hermeneutics” in the dictionary.
Steven Weinberg
Most scientists I know don’t care enough about religion even to call themselves atheists.
Steven Weinberg
Sometimes nature seems more beautiful than strictly necessary.
Steven Weinberg
Science doesn’t make it impossible to believe in God, it just makes it possible not to believe in God
Steven Weinberg
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
Science merely amplifies the capabilities of human beings. Science gives us the ability to do ill and to do good more than we had, and to question science in this respect is like questioning whether people ought to have two hands or just one, because with two hands they could do more evil than they can with just one.
Steven Weinberg
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
Even if there is a God, how do you know that his moral judgments are the correct ones? Seems to me Abraham should have said, ‘God, that’s just not right.’
Steven Weinberg
Americans swept away the instruments of English hereditary inequality – entails and titles of nobility – even before we had a constitution.
Steven Weinberg
I used to read a good deal of science fiction when I was a boy.
Steven Weinberg
I was born in 1933 in New York City to Frederick and Eva Weinberg. My early inclination toward science received encouragement from my father, and by the time I was 15 or 16, my interests had focused on theoretical physics.
Steven Weinberg
The most influential utopian idea of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries was socialism, which has failed everywhere. Under the banner of socialism, Stalin’s U.S.S.R. and Mao’s China gave us not utopias but ghastly anti-utopias.
Steven Weinberg
For someone who claimed to have found the true method for seeking reliable knowledge, it is remarkable how wrong Descartes was about so many aspects of nature.
Steven Weinberg
If we had the fundamental laws of nature tomorrow, we still wouldn’t understand consciousness. We wouldn’t even understand turbulence.
Steven Weinberg
If any one idea can justly be called the American idea, it is that a child’s circumstances at birth should not determine the station in life that that child will occupy as an adult.
Steven Weinberg
My Ph.D. thesis, with Sam Treiman as adviser, was on the application of renormalization theory to the effects of strong interactions in weak interaction processes.
Steven Weinberg
The more the universe seems comprehensible, the more it also seems pointless.
Steven Weinberg