Steven Weinberg has died

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I saw a tweet from Lawrence Wright that Steven Weinberg passed away. I didn’t see any related news stories. Can anyone confirm?

Not sure where to post this. Obviously he was one of the greatest of a generation.
 
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Steven Weinberg has died. Giant of physicist; writer of amazing books.
 
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R.I.P.

I thought "The First Three Minutes" was marvelously informative even though it was out of date when I read it.
 
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Wikipedia is currently no reliable source. The Spanish and Dutch versions say he passed away today (24th) whereas this information hasn't been inserted (yet?) on most other versions.
 
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Many professional physicists have posted about this in the twitterverse.

I now see that @Demystifier posted earlier about in the PF Science and Math Textbooks forum.
 
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whereas this information hasn't been inserted (yet?) on most other versions.
Is there a primary source? Anywhere?
 
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Is there a primary source? Anywhere?
No. Not even the usual lines ("He passed away on ... after ... ") at the end of the biographies.
 
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Is there a primary source? Anywhere?
Other than Twitter posts by various physicists, apparently not.

University of Texas and Austin American-Statesman have not issued any statement yet.
 
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Is there a primary source? Anywhere?
The only source I can find is Lawrence Wright. Also the tweets and retweets from other scientists (I just looked at Sean Carrol and John Baez) reference Wright as the source. So I am not sure, but if it's true it is a great loss...
 
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I got an email this morning from a friend who was a postdoc under him. It was a forward from the university, confirming his death.
 
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Looks like this is the most recent class that he taught:

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Looks like this is the most recent class that he taught:

The lecture notes for this course were turned into his penultimate book, Lectures on Astropysics. The section on white dwarfs and neutron stars helped me when I had to scramble to prepare an upper-level COVID-related and unexpected overload last fall.

I like the personal aspect of the final paragraph of the Preface,

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A Conversation with Dr. Steven Weinberg: Becoming Interested in Physics (video posted Nov 17, 2016)
OnRamps (UT Austin)
Weinberg starts at 1m27s.



Steven Weinberg (UT Austin) Lecture 4/27/2021
Mani L. Bhaumik Institute for Theoretical Physics at UCLA



Steven Weinberg in conversation with Andrew Strominger (video posted Apr 5, 2021)
Harvard Science Book Talks and Research Lectures





"A Model of Leptons"
Steven Weinberg
Phys. Rev. Lett. 19, 1264 – Published 20 November 1967
https://journals.aps.org/prl/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevLett.19.1264

https://www.ictp.it/about-ictp/media-centre/news/2017/10/weinberg_story.aspx#close

"Reminiscences of the Standard Model" - Special Colloquium by Steven Weinberg (Streamed live on Oct 17, 2017)
(After a long intro, Weinberg starts at 24m00s.)



The Quantum Theory of Fields Effective or Fundamental? CERN on 2009-07-07 T16:30



Steven Weinberg | On the Development of Effective Field Theory
All Things EFT 1 | Sep 30, 2020



Steven Weinberg - Dreams of a Final Theory ( http://isepp.org , pre-dates the SSC: 1992? ) (video posted Aug 20, 2020)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZfKEFUpRop0


The Bill Moyers Interview - Steven Weinberg (2nd July 1990) (video posted Aug 12, 2019)
https://youtu.be/H728-2_8ePs

Charlie Rose interview: Steven Weinberg, a Nobel laureate in physics, presents his book,
"Dreams of a Final Theory: The Search for Nature's Final Laws." Thursday 02/11/1993
https://charlierose.com/videos/23531
 
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Looks like this is the most recent class that he taught:
He taught that one up until 2019! Ill attach my syllabus as proof, but he taught it multiple years.
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Another video for those who like Weinberg is the following video (Also has DeWitt, another great physicist):
 
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He taught that one up until 2019! Ill attach my syllabus as proof, but he taught it multiple years.
Oh, when RLM was still RLM (they renamed it for a good reason). I used to be in Patterson (there were neurobiology labs there, that have since moved across the street). Weinberg and I were often in the same line for coffee on the ground floor of RLM, but I never spoke to him, although I was of course in awe.
 
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He was always incredible to listen to. Any time I saw an interview it was an immediate watch!
 
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Another video for those who like Weinberg is the following video (Also has DeWitt, another great physicist):

I had to LOL when I realized he is saying that QM cannot exist in two states at once! :biggrin:
 
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As a grad student in the late 80s, I was lucky enough to attend two talks by Weinberg.
Cool. My college buddy was a postdoc in Weinberg's theory group (working on Kaluza-Klein) in the early 80s.
 
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He was always incredible to listen to. Any time I saw an interview it was an immediate watch!
That was how I felt about his books. Though dated, I cherish my copy of "The First Three Minutes"; rendition 6 with many updates including implications of CMBR anisotropies.

I look forward to watching the videos included in this thread.
 

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