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Roll over Einstein: meet Weinstein

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What are we to make of a man who left academia more than two decades ago but claims to have solved some of the most intractable problems in physics?

Weinstein is an example of how science might change in future. "I find it remarkable that Eric was able to come up with such beautiful and original ideas even though he has been out of academia for so long (doing wonderful things in other areas, such as economics and finance). In the past week we have learned about an outstanding result about prime numbers proved by a mathematician who had been virtually unknown, and now comes Eric's lecture at Oxford.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/blog/2013/may/23/roll-over-einstein-meet-weinstein

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I didnt understand a word what Weinstein is talking about but maybe someone else will.

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Theres alot going on in that article haha, but very interesting :clap:

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esterday Weinstein, encouraged by du Sautoy, went public with a loud splash in British newspaper The Guardian and in a 2-hour presentation in the main physics lecture theatre here at the University of Oxford.

Sounds fair enough, until you discover that no one thought to invite any of Oxford's, er, physicists.

While Weinstein was delivering his lecture, the theoretical physicists were in a different room listening to a different speaker discuss a different topic (a new source of CP violation in charm physics and its implication for the unitarity triangle, if you're curious). Only afterwards did anyone spot news of the revelatory talk that had taken place next door.

Hosting a lecture in a university physics department without inviting any physicists is, at best, an unforgivable oversight. As my colleague Subir Sarkar put it, "It's surprising that the organisers did not invite the particle physicists to attend – if indeed the intention was to have a discussion."

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn23595-weinsteins-theory-of-everything-is-probably-nothing.html

I'm excited to hear what Weinstein's "geometruc unity" is all about, though. It might even replace string theory (hopefully). Thanks, the L, for sharig this.

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