Professor Steven Weinberg

The late Professor Steven Weinberg was my father's graduate advisor and lifelong mentor. I was named after him even before I was born. 

A theoretical physicist and noble laureate for his research in the unification of the weak force and electromagnetic interaction between elementary particles, Prof. Weinberg resided in Austin, Texas.

 

The first time met him was in 2011. My family visited Texas, and I was amazed by the hundreds of books lining the bookshelves.

 

In 2019, during my Spring Break, my dad took my brother and me to visit him again. This time, Prof. Weinberg and I had an intriguing conversation about the future of space exploration and the necessity of humans.

 

Prof. Weinberg argued that humans are unnecessary because anything that humans can do can also be done by more robots and machines. When I brought up the fact that robots can't improvise, Prof. Weinberg countered with the option of just sending more robots. He argued that it would undoubtedly be less expensive to send more robots than to maintain life on a distant planet.

My argument was that there were things that must require the "human touch" to solve. Robots will simply not be able to solve things that require uniquely human skills, such as being able to improvise and create ingenious solutions to nearly any problem.

In the end, Prof. Wienberg and I agreed to disagree on the idea. What we both agree on is the fact that we need more great minds in the world to ponder ideas such as these.

While Prof. Steven Weinberg passed away in 2020, his spirit remains and will continue to inspire me to pursue my dreams.

Prof. Steven Weinberg
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