Sunday, November 25, 2018

A Li'l Physics, and more, With Eric Weinstein

Polymath (and member of the so-called “Intellectual Dark Web”) Eric Weinstein is a bit of an odd-duck — I often agree with his take on various matters and usually find him interesting (whether in agreement or not), but also occasionally find him infuriating. Anyway, he recently did a long (almost 4 hr.!) stint with Joe Rogan where he attempts at one point (beginning ~41:20 mark) to give Joe and listening audience a primer on fundamental physics that lasts about an hour:

A couple other shorter segments I enjoyed:

A bit of discussion of the ‘craft’ of comedy versus that of physics (starting ~1:36:10):

Followed by a short lesson from Eric on harmonica music (starting ~1:40:20):

There are many other interesting bits in the whole podcast (which touches on a LOT of diverse topics), though I thought the first half more interesting overall than the 2nd half.

Eric, an economist by trade and mathematical physicist by academic degree (who, in his spare time, is working on his own 'theory of everything'), has appeared in many other podcasts/videos as well.

[ the way, he should NOT be confused with "Eric Weisstein" who runs "Wolfram MathWorld" -- 2 completely different people.]

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