Learning to Live in Steven Weinberg’s Pointless Universe

Learning to Live in Steven Weinberg’s Pointless Universe

When I interviewed Weinberg in 2009, he told me about the long shadow cast by that one sentence on a “pointless” universe. It’s the journey.”Weinberg saw science and religion as having nothing constructive to say to one another, a view shared by many (though certainly not all) of his colleagues. To be sure, some scientists think of their work in this way even today. As science and religion began to go their separate ways—a process that accelerated with the work of Darwin—science became secular. “The elimination of God-talk from scientific discourse,” writes historian Jon Roberts, “constitutes the defining feature of modern science.” Weinberg would have agreed.

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