Skip to main content

Thank you for visiting You are using a browser version with limited support for CSS. To obtain the best experience, we recommend you use a more up to date browser (or turn off compatibility mode in Internet Explorer). In the meantime, to ensure continued support, we are displaying the site without styles and JavaScript.

Newtonianism, reductionism and the art of congressional testimony

Earlier this year, at the University of Cambridge, Steven Weinberg gave a talk at the Tercentenary Celebration of Newton's Principia. This is what he said.

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution

Access options

Buy article

Get time limited or full article access on ReadCube.


All prices are NET prices.


  1. 1. Chanowitz, M.S. presented at the 23rd International Conference on High Energy Physics, Berkeley, California, July 16-23, 1986 (Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory Publication No. 21973). 2. Dixon, B. The Scientist June 15, p.13 (1987). 3. Weinberg, S. Scientific American 231,50 (1974). 4. Mayr, E. in Evolution at a Crossroads (ed. Depew, D.J. & Weber, B.H.) (MIT Press, Cambridge, 1985). 5. Mayr, E. The Growth of Biological Thought 58-66 (Harvard University Press, Cambridge, 1982). 6. Anderson, P. Science 177,393 (1972). 7. Anderson, P. Letter to New York Times June 8 (1987). 8. Perutz, M. in Schrodinger, Centenary Celebration of a Polymath (ed. Kilmister, C.W.) 234 (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1987). 9. Salam, A. in an address to the symposium The Challenge of Higher Energies, Oxford (1982). 10. Michelson, A.A. Light Waves and Their Uses (1903). 11. Mark, H. Navigation 26,25 (1979). 12. Edinburgh Review 11,487-532 (1960); see also Hull, D.L. in Darwin and his Critics (Harvard University Press, Cambridge, 1973).

Download references

Author information

Authors and Affiliations


Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Cite this article

Weinberg, S. Newtonianism, reductionism and the art of congressional testimony. Nature 330, 433–437 (1987).

Download citation

  • Issue Date:

  • DOI:

Further reading


Quick links

Nature Briefing

Sign up for the Nature Briefing newsletter — what matters in science, free to your inbox daily.

Get the most important science stories of the day, free in your inbox. Sign up for Nature Briefing