A Comprehensive Guide to Eric Weinstein’s Paper on Geometric Unity
Eric Weinstein recently published a working draft of a paper on a theory he first proposed in 2013, called “Geometric Unity.” It is supposed to be a “unified theory of physics.” As far as I know, this is the first thing he has written about his theory.
So that you don’t need to read all 69 pages, here’s the comprehensive guide:
Read the opening quote of the introduction, i.e. the problem statement, and be delighted by its clarity:
“What really interests me is whether god had any choice in the creation of the world.” -Albert Einstein to Ernst Strauss
Read the first sentence of the introduction, if you can, and be startled by its obscurantism:
In the beginning we will let X4 be a 4-dimensional C∞ manifold with a chosen orientation and unique spin structure.
Realize that Weinstein is not in the business of solving problems but impressing his peers. Stop reading and resume whatever you were doing before.
Update 2021-10-05: Saying Weinstein wants to impress his peers was a mistake. He’s trying to impress his fans, most of whom are not his peers, which is precisely why he can manipulate them into feeling inadequate/not worthy of his brilliance. Note in particular that in a footnote on the first page, he writes:
The Author is not a physicist and is no longer an active academician, but is an Entertainer and host of The Portal podcast. This work of entertainment is a draft of work in progress […]
“[W]ork[s] of entertainment” are directed at the general public, not physicists.