It has been said that Steven Weinberg is the most influential physicist living today. He not only has scientific authority, but also clout with the government and the legislature and other groups. One word from him, and a Russian tycoon gave out awards of 3 million dollars each to a number of scientists around the world – wired directly to their personal bank accounts. It pays to be in Weinberg’s good book.
He is also one of today’s top flight eclectic intellectuals.
Steven Weinberg has projected this phenomenal authority to other highly visible areas on the world stage:
– atheist evangelism
– support for Israel
– Big Bang Cosmology (not his main scientific field, but he is the reigning High Priest)
We are concerned here only with the third item.