Victor J Stenger, 79, died this week
The American particle physicist, philosopher, and author of many books, including the provocative 2007 best-seller God: The Failed Hypothesis: How Science Shows that God Does Not Exist, died at his home in Hawaii.
Earlier this week, I received a review copy of Stenger’s soon-to-be-released book, God and the Multiverse: Humanity’s Expanding View of the Cosmos, and promptly offered it for review in the Freethinker bulletin (if you haven’t signed up for our weekly newsletter, please do).
My immediate reaction was “wow, does this fella ever run out of ideas?”
God and the Multiverse is the 13th of Stenger’s books published by Prometheus between 1988 and 2014.
Following a career as a research scientist in the field of particle physics, Stenger – renowned for his memorable quote “Science flies you to the moon. Religion flies you into buildings” – was associated with New Atheism and he also authored popular science books. He was also a regular featured science columnist for the Huffington Post.
The Friendly Atheist, Hemant Mehta, yesterday revealed that:
Phylliss, his wife of more than 50 years, told me via email that the cause was ‘an aneurysm next to his heart’. He will be cremated on Saturday and a memorial will be held in Honolulu on Sunday.
Stenger had a somewhat lower profile than the other ‘New Atheist’ authors, but his books, which he dished out year after year, offered up explanations of how the universe works and how it came to be, without resorting to supernatural explanations.
This video shows Stenger being interviewed by Tom Flynn, editor of Free Inquiry, in 2007.
Hat tip: Angela K.