Steven Weinberg, 1979 Nobel Laureate in Physics, passed on July 23 at the age of 88. He was one of the most influential theoretical physicists of the last century; he won the Nobel for proposing the structure of the unified electroweak force, which predicted weak "neutral current" interactions as well as the the W, Z, and Higgs bosons (the Z is the force carrier of the neutral current interaction). Weinberg shared his Nobel with Sheldon Glashow (they were classmates in high school!) and Abdus Salam.
Weinberg also made numerous contributions to other areas of particle physics, quantum field theory, and cosmology. He wrote several classic textbooks on field theory and general relativity, which are known for their unique insight, as well as many popular level books. He was known for opposing nuclear proliferation and for supporting the construction of the (cancelled) Superconducting Super Collider in Texas.
Carl Levin, a former US senator from Michigan who advanced Democratic priorities throughout his 36-year tenure in Congress, has died, the Levin Center at Wayne State University Law School said late Thursday in a statement.
Today I learned that my cousin Paul past away last week.
I never really knew him, since he was quite a bit older than I am and we lived far apart. But it was he who first introduced me to D&D one Thanksgiving holiday way back in 1983, when he was in college and and I was a goofy little 10 year old. He never knew how he impacted my life just by letting me flip though his Monster Manual. So, maybe it's a little silly, but...