Eric Weinstein

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Eric Weinstein
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[1]

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.


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]

Weinstein coined the term "intellectual dark web" semi-ironically[8][9] after his brother, Bret, resigned from Evergreen State College in response to discrimination concerns.[9][10]


  1. ^ a b Sean Illing (August 20, 2017). "Why capitalism can't survive without socialism". Vox. 
  2. ^ Richardson, Bradford (2017-05-25). "Students berate professor who refused to participate in no-whites 'Day of Absence'". Retrieved 2017-09-20. 
  3. ^ "Annual Hayek Memorial Lecture 2010 - Prof Gary Becker". Institute of Economic Affairs. Retrieved 2013-05-31. 
  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 (23 May 2013). "Eric Weinstein may have found the answer to physics' biggest problems". Guardian. Retrieved 2013-05-31. 
  6. ^ Pontzen, Andrew (31 May 2013) [24 May 2013]. "Weinstein's theory of everything is probably nothing". New Scientist. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  7. ^ Aron, Jacob (31 May 2013). "How to test Weinstein's provocative theory of everything". New Scientist. 
  8. ^ Phillips, Melanie (May 23, 2018). "'Intellectual Dark Web' leads fightback against academic orthodoxy". The Australian. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 16 June 2018. 
  9. ^ a b Weiss, Bari. "Meet the Renegades of the Intellectual Dark Web". The New York Times. Retrieved 8 May 2018. 
  10. ^ Svrluga, Susan; Heim, Joe (June 1, 2017). "Threat shuts down college embroiled in racial dispute". Washington Post. 

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