Victor John ‘Vic’ Stenger, PhD (29 January 1935 – 27 August 2014)
During my weekend in Colorado Springs, I received the sad news of the passing of Victor John ‘Vic’ Stenger, PhD. It is reported that he passed away late in the evening on Wednesday 27 August 2014 in Hawaii due to an aneurysm adjacent to his heart.
Vic was a professor of Physics at the University of Hawaii and Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at the University of Colorado. He has made many contributions to science and scientific research, especially particle physics.
He has been an avid supporter of Science, Atheism, Skepticism, Philosophy, and Education.
I remember fondly the many conversations with Vic during the last eight years, most of which were centered on the scheduling of one of his several talks and presentations hosted by the Humanists of Colorado (HOC). The HOC presentation that followed the release of his 2007 Book, ‘God: The Failed Hypothesis’ was one of the most popular events during my tenure as HOC President. His presentation style was always erudite, patient, and calm. He shared his knowledge with an air of a humble and wise grandfather. He approached these presentations and book-signing sessions with a goal of educating others. I have always admired this in him.
The last time I spoke with Vic was before his presentation at the Jefferson Humanists on the 27th of July, in which he spoke of the topics covered in his upcoming book, ‘God and the Multiverse.’ We spent a little time getting re-acquainted before the meeting had started. I would have liked to have had much more time to sit down with him and his wife Phylliss.
My condolences go out to Phylliss and the rest of Vic’s family, as well as his closest friends. This has been a sad weekend as I reflect over his passing as I feel that I have lost a friend and a mentor, one in which I feel fortunate to have known. Farewell, Vic. You will be missed yet your legacy of science advocacy and education will be fondly remembered.
The following books by Vic Stenger are valuable additions to the Freethinker’s Bookshelf and I highly recommend all of them. I look forward to reading his ‘God and the Multiverse’ when it is made available this month.
Not by Design: The Origin of the Universe, Prometheus Books, 1988.
Physics and Psychics: The Search for a World Beyond the Senses, Prometheus Books, 1990.
The Unconscious Quantum: Metaphysics in Modern Physics and Cosmology, Prometheus Books, 1995.
Timeless Reality: Symmetry, Simplicity, and Multiple Universes, Prometheus Books, 2000.
Has Science Found God? The Latest Results in the Search for Purpose in the Universe, Prometheus Books, 2003.
The Comprehensible Cosmos: Where Do the Laws of Physics Come From?, Prometheus Books, 2006.
God: The Failed Hypothesis: How Science Shows That God Does Not Exist, Prometheus Books, 2007.
Quantum Gods: Creation, Chaos, and the Search for Cosmic Consciousness, Prometheus Books, 2009.
The New Atheism: Taking a Stand for Science and Reason, Prometheus Books, 2009.
The Fallacy of Fine-Tuning: Why the Universe Is Not Designed for Us, Prometheus Books, 2011.
God and the Folly of Faith: The Incompatibility of Science and Religion, Prometheus Books, 2012.
God and the Atom, Prometheus Books, 2013.
God and the Multiverse, Prometheus Books, 2014.
Also, from 1998 to 2011 Vic wrote for the column “Reality Check,” in Skeptical Briefs, the quarterly newsletter of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI). These columns had been cherished greatly for their knowledge and insight.
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