October 11, 2000
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.—Steven Weinberg, Josey Regental Chair of Science at the University of Texas at Austin and winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics, will speak on the topic “Can Science Explain Everything? Can Science Explain Anything?” in the Cole Assembly Room in Converse Hall at Amherst College on Friday, Oct. 20, at 4:30 p.m. Weinberg’s talk, sponsored by the Department of Philosophy at Amherst College and the Forry Fund in Philosophy and Science as part of a series on “Science and the Limits of Explanation,” is free and open to the public. A reception in Converse Hall will follow.

Steven Weinberg, wrote James Glanz in The New York Times earlier this year, “is perhaps the world’s most authoritative proponent of the idea that physics is hurtling toward a ‘final theory,’ a complete explanation of nature’s particles and forces that will endure as the bedrock of all science forevermore. He is also a powerful writer whose prose can illuminate—and sting.” His research in quantum field theory, elementary particle physics and cosmology, has earned him many honors, including the Nobel Prize and the National Medal of Science.

Educated at Cornell, Copenhagen and Princeton, Weinberg has taught at Columbia, Berkeley, M.I.T. and Harvard. Since 1982 he has been at Texas, where he teaches in both the Physics and Astronomy Departments.

A physicist known for fundamental discoveries such as the electroweak theory, Weinberg has also written several books for general readers, including The First Three Minutes (1977), The Discovery of Subatomic Particles (1983) and most recently Dreams of a Final Theory (1992). Weinberg has a Website at http://www.ph.utexas.edu/~weintech/weinberg.html