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Weinberg, Steven

Weinberg, Steven, 1933–, American nuclear physicist, b. New York City, Ph.D. Princeton, 1957. Since 1982 he has been a professor at the Univ. of Texas at Austin, having previously been on the faculties of Columbia, the Univ. of California, Berkeley, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Harvard. He helped develop important theories of electromagnetic and nuclear particle interaction that were experimentally verified in 1982–83 when Carlo Rubbia and Simon van der Meer identified the subatomic particles W and Z. In 1979, Weinberg shared the Nobel Prize in Physics with Abdus Salam and Lee Glashow . Among Weinberg's works are The First Three Minutes: A Modern View of the Origin of the Universe (1977) and Dreams of a Final Theory: The Scientist's Search for the Ultimate Laws of Nature (1993). His To Explain the World: The Discovery of Modern Science (2015) is a personal account of the developments that led to modern science.

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