Eric W. Weisstein began compiling scientific encyclopedias as a high school student nearly 20 years ago. Born in Bloomington, Indiana in 1969, he studied physics and astronomy at Cornell University and at Caltech and received his Ph.D. from Caltech in 1996. In 1995, Weisstein took the vast collection of mathematical facts that he had been accumulating since his teenage years and began to deploy them on the early internet. These pioneering efforts at organizing and presenting online content helped define a paradigm that has subsequently been followed by other large-scale informational projects on the web.
Weisstein joined Wolfram Research in 1999 and unveiled the MathWorld
website at mathworld.wolfram.com
later that year. As a Senior Research Fellow at Wolfram Research, Weisstein has led the development of MathWorld
, continuing to expand its scope and depth and fulfilling his vision for bringing accessible mathematical and scientific knowledge to the widest possible audience. Weisstein works closely with the main development teams at Wolfram Research and is a consultant for the CBS television crime drama NUMB3RS