It was reported in the news:
Nobel laureate Steven Weinberg, a professor of physics and astronomy at The University of Texas at Austin, has died. He was 88.
Weinberg and Freeman Dyson were two of my favorites when it came to understanding the world through a scientific-humanistic perspective. Dyson is gone, and now so is Weinberg.
Weinberg knew how to get his ideas across to people like me who lack the intellectual training to understand the complex math and physics. He also considered that his responsibility:
“When we talk about science as part of the culture of our times, we’d better make it part of that culture by explaining what we’re doing,” Weinberg explained in a 2015 interview published by Third Way. “I think it’s very important not to write down to the public. You have to keep in mind that you’re writing for people who are not mathematically trained but are just as smart as you are.”
Weinberg provided me with ways to think about life without a god: "science doesn't make it impossible to believe in God, it just makes it possible to not believe in God." Even better was this:
Living without God isn’t easy. But its very difficulty offers one other consolation—that there is a certain honor, or perhaps just a grim satisfaction, in facing up to our condition without despair and without wishful thinking—with good humor, but without God.