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Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Science, Religion, & Steven Weinberg

Newsweek's Ana Elena Azpurua recently spoke with Nobel laureate Steven Weinberg, a theoretical physicist at The University of Texas at Austin, about the Large Hadron Collider and how it might change our understanding of the universe. The LHC—the largest particle physics experiment yet to be undertaken—will try to re-create the conditions of the cosmos less than a millisecond after the big bang, and researchers hope it will find evidence of the Higgs boson, nicknamed the "God particle" for its potential unifying role in developing a grand theory of the universe. In the interview, Weinberg places particular emphasis on the effects the discovery could have on both organized religion and ideas of origins. "The more we learn about the universe," says Weinberg, "the less sign we see of an intelligent designer." —Stephen Mapes