Lawrence Weinstein, PhD

The philosopher's stone of the alchemists turns out to be the nucleus, involving forces much greater than anything in chemistry.


Massachusetts Institute of Technology

About Lawrence Weinstein

Lawrence Weinstein is a Professor of Physics at Old Dominion University (ODU) and a researcher at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility. He received his undergraduate degree from Yale University and his doctorate in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Professor Weinstein’s research involves electron scattering to study the structure of the nucleus and proton.

Among his many awards, Professor Weinstein received the ODU Teaching with Technology Award, was named University Professor for his outstanding teaching, and received the A. Rufus Tonelson Faculty Award from ODU, the George B. Pegram Award for Excellence in Physics Education in the Southeast from the American Physical Society, and the Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award. In recognition of his research, Professor Weinstein was named an Eminent Scholar, a distinction reserved for only four percent of the ODU faculty, and he was named a fellow of the American Physical Society.

Professor Weinstein is the author of Guesstimation (with John Adam) and Guesstimation 2.0, about techniques for finding approximate solutions to any problem. He has coauthored more than 200 publications in professional journals, with more than 10,000 citations. He has given more than 110 professional presentations, in addition to more than 75 talks and physics demonstrations for community groups, high schools, and middle schools.

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