Eric Weisstein

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Eric Wolfgang Weisstein (born March 18, 1969 in Bloomington (Indiana) ) is an American encyclopedist of mathematics and astronomer . He is the author of the Internet encyclopedia MathWorld .

Weisstein studied physics and astronomy at Cornell University with a bachelor's degree in 1990 and received his doctorate in planetology from Caltech in 1996 (Millimeter / Submillimeter Fourier Transform Spectroscopy of Jovian Planet Atmospheres). As a student, he worked at the Arecibo Observatory and at the Goddard Space Flight Center , where he worked with visualization software for hurricanes was involved. In 1996 he went to the University of Virginia .

As early as 1995 he had begun to work on an online encyclopedia of mathematics from a book project with the CRC Press was (CRC Concise Encyclopedia of Mathematics, published in the first edition 1999). In 1999 he joined Wolfram Research as an encyclopaedist to work on the further expansion of MathWorld . Because of a copyright dispute with CRC Press, MathWorld was offline for about a year from October 2000 before Wolfram Research reached an agreement with the publisher. That gave the impetus for another internet encyclopedia of mathematics, PlanetMath, which is created collaboratively. In 2002 Weisstein started a new web encyclopedia ScienceWorld with a focus on natural sciences and he is planning more encyclopedias. At Wolfram Research he also works on the further development of their main product Mathematica - he has been an expert on Mathematica since the 1990s, integrated Mathematica into MathWorld by writing numerous Mathematica notebooks on the article content and advises the developers.

Most of the approximately 13,000 entries on MathWorld come from Weisstein.

He was a consultant for the CBS television series Numbers .

Since 2014 he has been a member of the Global Digital Mathematical Library Working Group at IMU .

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  1. ^ Encyclopedia Projects by Weisstein
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