Eric Weinstein

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Eric Weinstein
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Eric Ross Weinstein

(1965-10-26) October 26, 1965 (age 56)
EducationUniversity of Pennsylvania (BA)
Harvard University (MA, PhD)
OccupationManaging director of Thiel Capital
Known forIntellectual dark web
Spouse(s)Pia Malaney[1]
RelativesBret Weinstein (brother)

Eric Ross Weinstein /ˈwnstn/ (born October 26, 1965)[2] is an American podcast host and a managing director of Thiel Capital.[1][3]


Weinstein received his PhD in mathematical physics from Harvard University in 1992 under the supervision of Raoul Bott.[4][5][6] In his dissertation, Extension of Self-Dual Yang-Mills Equations Across the Eighth Dimension, Weinstein showed that the self-dual Yang–Mills equations were not peculiar to dimension four and admitted generalizations to higher dimensions.[7]



Weinstein left academia after stints at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.[citation needed] Weinstein was invited to a colloquium by mathematician Marcus du Sautoy at Oxford University's Clarendon Laboratory in May 2013. [8] There he presented his ideas on a theory of everything called Geometric Unity. Physicists expressed skepticism about the theory.[8][9] Joseph Conlon of Oxford stated that some of the predicted particles would already have been detected in existing accelerators such as the Large Hadron Collider.[8] Science writer Jennifer Ouellette criticized the colloquium in a blog for Scientific American, arguing that experts could not properly evaluate Weinstein's ideas because there was no published paper.[10]

On April 1, 2021, Weinstein released a draft paper on Geometric Unity in a guest appearance on the podcast The Joe Rogan Experience. Weinstein qualified in his paper that he "is not a physicist," but an "entertainer" and podcast host. It received strong criticism from the scientific community and was said to have "no visible impact" and "gaps both mathematical and physical in origin that jeopardize Geometric Unity as a well-defined theory, much less one that is a candidate for a theory of everything."[11]


On November 10, 2021, Weinstein presented at the University of Chicago a proposal for how gauge theory could be used to calculate economic inflation indices based on prior work with his wife Pia Malaney.[12][13][14] Shortly afterwards, a rebuttal was published by Timothy Nguyen (a frequent Weinstein critic) on the arXiv.[15]

Intellectual dark web[edit]

Weinstein said he coined the term "intellectual dark web" and named himself and his brother as members after his brother Bret Weinstein resigned from Evergreen State College, in response to a campus controversy. The term is used to describe a number of academics and podcast hosts.[16][17]


  1. ^ a b McClurg, Lesley (May 7, 2015). "Let's Talk About Death Over Dinner". NPR. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  2. ^ Weinstein, Eric (October 26, 2020). "Twitter post from Eric Weinstein on his birthday". Twitter. Retrieved October 26, 2020.
  3. ^ Illing, Sean (August 20, 2017). "Why capitalism can't survive without socialism". Vox. Retrieved July 2, 2018.
  4. ^ Eric Weinstein at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  5. ^ Tu, Loring W., ed. (2018). "Raoul Bott: Collected Papers, Volume 5". Notices of the American Mathematical Society. Contemporary Mathematicians. Birkhäuser: 47. ISBN 978-3-319-51781-0. Retrieved April 14, 2020.
  6. ^ "PhD Dissertations Archival Listing". Harvard Mathematics Department. Retrieved April 14, 2020.
  7. ^ 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. S2CID 3238703.
  8. ^ a b c 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. ^ Ouellette, Jennifer. "Dear Guardian: You've Been Played". Scientific American Blog Network. Archived from the original on February 10, 2021. Retrieved January 11, 2020.
  11. ^ Ongweso Jr, Edward (April 12, 2021). "Eric Weinstein Says He Solved the Universe's Mysteries. Scientists Disagree". Vice.
  12. ^ "The Money and Banking Workshop, Fall 2021". University of Chicago.
  13. ^ Malaney, Pia (1996). "The index number problem: a differential geometric approach". Harvard University, PhD Thesis. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  14. ^ "Geometric Marginalism". Institute for New Economic Thinking.
  15. ^ Nguyen, Timothy (December 7, 2021). "A Response to Economics as Gauge Theory". arXiv:2112.03460 [econ.TH].
  16. ^ Phillips, Melanie (May 23, 2018). "'Intellectual Dark Web' leads fightback against academic orthodoxy". The Australian. Archived from the original on May 23, 2018. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
  17. ^ Svrluga, Susan; Heim, Joe (June 1, 2017). "Threat shuts down college embroiled in racial dispute". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 1, 2018.

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