Eric Weinstein

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Eric Weinstein
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Born Eric Ross Weinstein
October 1965
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Pennsylvania
Harvard University
Occupation Managing director of Thiel Capital

Eric Ross Weinstein (born October 1965) is an American economist, writer, and managing director of Thiel Capital, Peter Thiel's investment firm.[1] He writes on investments, capitalism, science, and mathematics.

Early life and education[edit]

Weinstein was born in Los Angeles, California. His family is Jewish and his brother is biologist Bret Weinstein.[2]

In 1985, he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania as a University Scholar, receiving his bachelor's and master's degrees in mathematics followed by a Ph.D in Mathematical Physics from the Mathematics Department at Harvard University in 1992. He has since held a Lady Davis Fellowship in the Racah Institute of Physics at Hebrew University, a National Science Foundation fellowship in the mathematics department of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and he was an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation grantee in the Harvard Economics Department and National Bureau for Economic Research where he founded the Project on the Economics of Advanced Training with economist Richard Freeman.

Contributions[edit]

Economic theory[edit]

Recently, a program for 'Geometric Marginalism' by Weinstein and collaborator Pia Malaney has been funded by the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET).[3]

Mathematical physics[edit]

Weinstein claimed in his dissertation research 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. 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.[4]

In May, 2013, Weinstein delivered a lecture, Geometric Unity. It was promoted by Marcus du Sautoy as being a possible answer to some of the problems in modern physics.[5] Few physicists attended the original lecture, and no paper or preprint was published. The claims were met with skepticism by several commentators.[6] A repeat lecture was organised the following week with more physicists in attendance. 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 pointed out that some of these particles should already have been seen.[7]

Intellectual dark web[edit]

After his brother, Bret, resigned from Evergreen State College in response to discrimination concerns, Eric Weinstein coined the term "intellectual dark web" semi-ironically to refer to a particular group of academics and podcast hosts.[8][9][10] This received wide discussion in May of 2018, after becoming the subject of a column by Bari Weiss in the opinion section of The New York Times.[11][12] The individuals profiled in the article were Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Sam Harris, Heather Heying, Claire Lehmann, Douglas Murray, Maajid Nawaz, Jordan Peterson, Joe Rogan, Dave Rubin, Ben Shapiro, Michael Shermer, Debra Soh, Christina Hoff Sommers, Bret Weinstein and Eric Weinstein.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Illing, Sean (August 20, 2017). "Why capitalism can't survive without socialism". Vox. Retrieved July 2, 2018. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ "Annual Hayek Memorial Lecture 2010 - Prof Gary Becker". Institute of Economic Affairs. June 17, 2010. Retrieved May 31, 2013. 
  4. ^ Beaulieu, Laurent; Kanno, Hiroaki; Singer, I. M. (1998). "Special Quantum Field Theories In Eight And Other Dimensions". Communications in Mathematical Physics. Berlin: Springer-Verlag. 194 (1): 149–175. arXiv:hep-th/9704167v2Freely accessible. Bibcode:1998CMaPh.194..149B. doi:10.1007/s002200050353. ISSN 0010-3616. 
  5. ^ du Sautoy, Marcus (May 23, 2013). "Eric Weinstein may have found the answer to physics' biggest problems". The Guardian. Retrieved May 31, 2013. 
  6. ^ Pontzen, Andrew (May 24, 2013). "Weinstein's theory of everything is probably nothing". New Scientist. Retrieved June 2, 2013. 
  7. ^ Aron, Jacob (May 31, 2013). "How to test Weinstein's provocative theory of everything". New Scientist. Retrieved July 2, 2018. 
  8. ^ Phillips, Melanie (May 23, 2018). "'Intellectual Dark Web' leads fightback against academic orthodoxy". The Australian. Retrieved June 16, 2018. 
  9. ^ a b Weiss, Bari (May 8, 2018). "Meet the Renegades of the Intellectual Dark Web". The New York Times. Retrieved May 8, 2018. 
  10. ^ Svrluga, Susan; Heim, Joe (June 1, 2017). "Threat shuts down college embroiled in racial dispute". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 1, 2018. 
  11. ^ Drezner, Daniel W. (May 11, 2018). "The Ideas Industry meets the intellectual dark web". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 18, 2018. 
  12. ^ Dreger, Alice (May 11, 2018). "Why I escaped the intellectual dark web". The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved June 18, 2018. 

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