Dr Andrew Friedman
A popular guest twice on the Mac Observer background mode podcast, Dr. Andrew Friedman, has died. He was at the University of California at the San Diego Center for Astrophysics & Space Sciences.
Dr. Friedman’s first appearance took place in April 2019. We discussed how science fiction inspired him in his youth to become a cosmologist, someone who studies the origin and development of the universe . He told us about his favorite research topics, including how observing Type Ia supernovae allows astrophysicists to measure the rate of expansion of the universe. Here is the podcast:
[TMO Background Mode Interview with Cosmologist Dr. Andrew Friedman]
When he appeared for the second time in December 2019, Dr. Friedman and I discussed the apparent and seemingly artificial conflict between science and religion. We have explored some of the sources of this conflict and how, with good perspective, they do not really disagree. We have examined faith, both in science and religion, Gödel’s theorem of incompleteness, proof of the existence of God, differing opinions on what God is, approaching the subject with humility and way the Bible can’t really be used as a scientific textbook. Here is the podcast:
[Cosmologist Dr. Andrew Friedman (#2) – TMO Background Mode Interview]
Dr. Friedman died on July 10 in San Diego. He was 41 years old.
For more informationon on his life and his influence in the scientific community, there is a good article on The San Diego Union-Tribune.
“Andy”, inspired by Carl Sagan, was never opposed to exploring the big philosophical questions surrounding astrophysics, and this was shown in his two podcasts with me. It was an honor to know him, even briefly.