Eric Weinstein

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Eric Weinstein
Eric Weinstein in January 2019.png
Weinstein in 2019
Eric Ross Weinstein

October 1965
Alma materUniversity of Pennsylvania (BS, MS)
Harvard University (PhD)
OccupationManaging director of Thiel Capital
Spouse(s)Pia Malaney[1]
RelativesBret Weinstein (brother)

Eric Ross Weinstein (born October 1965) is an American mathematical physicist, economist, and the managing director of Thiel Capital, one of Peter Thiel's investment firms.[2] He also writes on investments, capitalism, science, and mathematics.[citation needed]


Weinstein was born in Los Angeles, California. In 1985, he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania as a University Scholar, receiving his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mathematics.[citation needed] He then received his Ph.D. in Mathematical Physics from the Mathematics Department at Harvard University in 1992.[citation needed] He held a Lady Davis Fellowship at the Racah Institute of Physics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, a National Science Foundation fellowship in the mathematics department of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and was an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation grantee in the Harvard Economics Department and National Bureau for Economic Research where he co-founded the Project on the Economics of Advanced Training with economist Richard Freeman.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

His family is Jewish. His wife is Pia Malaney. His brother is biologist Bret Weinstein.[3]


Economic program[edit]

In 2012, a program for 'Geometric Marginalism' by Weinstein and his wife and collaborator, Pia Malaney, was funded by the Institute for New Economic Thinking where Malaney worked.[4]

Mathematical physics[edit]

Weinstein dissertation research asserted that the self-dual Yang–Mills equations on which Donaldson theory was built were not unique as was believed at the time, putting forward two sets of alternate equations based on spinorial constructions.[citation needed] One set of equations became the basis for his dissertation showing that the Self-dual Yang–Mills (SDYM) equations were not really peculiar to dimension four and admitted generalizations to higher dimensions.[5]

In May, 2013, Weinstein gave a lecture, Geometric Unity, promoted by Marcus du Sautoy as being a possible answer to some of the most essential problems in modern physics, basically a unifying theory.[6] Few physicists attended the original lecture and no paper or preprint was published.[7] Weinstein's ideas were not widely debated. The few that did engage expressed skepticism.[8][9] His theory includes an "observerse," a 14-dimensional space, and predictions for undiscovered particles which could account for dark matter. Joseph Conlon of the University of Oxford opined that some of these particles, if they existed, should already have been detected in existing accelerators such as the Large Hadron Collider.[10]

Intellectual dark web[edit]

Weinstein said he coined the term "intellectual dark web" after his brother, Bret Weinstein, resigned from The Evergreen State College in response to a campus controversy. The term applies to a group of academics and podcast hosts.[11][12][13] Other individuals said to be associated with the "intellectual dark web" included Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Sam Harris, Heather Heying, Claire Lehmann, Douglas Murray, Maajid Nawaz, Jordan Peterson, Steven Pinker, Joe Rogan, Dave Rubin, Ben Shapiro, Lindsay Shepherd, Michael Shermer, Debra Soh, and Christina Hoff Sommers.[12][14] Writing in the Los Angeles Review of Books in 2018, Jacob Hamburger said the intellectual dark web "may well be the first distinct intellectual movement to have emerged during the Trump presidency".[15]


In 2019, Weinstein began hosting a podcast named The Portal. Weinstein said the title relates to a search for solutions to existential risks, with theoretical new physics enabling faster-than-light travel as one possible solution. Weinstein then specifically expressed concerns related to nuclear weapons and genetic engineering, calling this the "twin nuclei problem".[16]


  1. ^ McClurg, Lesley (May 7, 2015). "Let's Talk About Death Over Dinner". NPR. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  2. ^ Illing, Sean (August 20, 2017). "Why capitalism can't survive without socialism". Vox. Retrieved July 2, 2018.
  3. ^ Richardson, Bradford (May 25, 2017). "Students berate professor who refused to participate in no-whites 'Day of Absence'". The Washington Times. Retrieved September 20, 2017.
  4. ^ "Geometric Marginalism | Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET)". 2013-05-15. Retrieved 2019-07-21.
  5. ^ Beaulieu, Laurent; Kanno, Hiroaki; Singer, I. M. (1998). "Special Quantum Field Theories In Eight And Other Dimensions". Communications in Mathematical Physics. 194 (1): 149–175. arXiv:hep-th/9704167. Bibcode:1998CMaPh.194..149B. doi:10.1007/s002200050353. ISSN 0010-3616.
  6. ^ du Sautoy, Marcus (May 23, 2013). "Eric Weinstein may have found the answer to physics' biggest problems". The Guardian. Retrieved May 31, 2013.
  7. ^ Pontzen, Andrew (March 2013). "End of darkness: the stuff that really rules the cosmos". New Scientist. 217 (2909): 32–35. doi:10.1016/s0262-4079(13)60757-5. ISSN 0262-4079.
  8. ^ Pontzen, Andrew (May 24, 2013). "Weinstein's theory of everything is probably nothing". New Scientist. Retrieved June 2, 2013.
  9. ^ Aron, Jacob (June 2013). "How to test Weinstein's provocative theory of everything". New Scientist. 218 (2920): 10. doi:10.1016/s0262-4079(13)61403-7. ISSN 0262-4079.
  10. ^ Aron, Jacob (May 31, 2013). "How to test Weinstein's provocative theory of everything". New Scientist. Retrieved July 2, 2018.
  11. ^ Phillips, Melanie (May 23, 2018). "'Intellectual Dark Web' leads fightback against academic orthodoxy". The Australian. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
  12. ^ a b Weiss, Bari (May 8, 2018). "Meet the Renegades of the Intellectual Dark Web". The New York Times. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  13. ^ Svrluga, Susan; Heim, Joe (June 1, 2017). "Threat shuts down college embroiled in racial dispute". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 1, 2018.
  14. ^ "Editorial: Truth requires free thinking, honest talk". Boston Herald. 14 May 2018.
  15. ^ Hamburger, Jacob (18 July 2018). "The "Intellectual Dark Web" Is Nothing New". Los Angeles Review of Books. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  16. ^ PowerfulJRE (2019-07-03), Joe Rogan Experience #1320 - Eric Weinstein, retrieved 2019-07-13

External links[edit]