Christopher Hirata newIn existographies, Christopher Hirata (1982-) (IQE:185|2016) (LR:52|#1) (SNE:4) (CR:182) is an American child prodigy turned astrophysicist, noted for his c.2000 human chemical thermodynamics and human physics based five-part article “The Physics of Relationships” (see: relationship physics) on the topics of a thermochemical approach to relationships, complex equilibria of men and women, reaction kinetics, neutron scattering, and shell model, written at the age of about 18 that harks of genius ranking near to that of the great insights of German polyintellect Johann Goethe and his 1796 human chemical theory. [1]

Hirata's “The Physics of Relationships”, to note, is similar (Ѻ), in many ways, to Kaj Lang’s extremely hilarious “The Thermodynamic Activity of the Male Housefly” (1956). [15]

Cosmology | Dark Matter
Hirata's focus, in astrophysics, is on cosmology and the exploration of dark energy. Hirata, according to some, is considered a leading exponent of precision cosmology, combining interdisciplinary computer studies, theoretical studies and observational astronomy including instrument development.

In 2010, with Dmitriy Tseliakhovich, he pointed to an unprecedented effect in cosmological perturbation theory for the calculation of the formation of the first structures in the universe. It is based on the fact that the speed of sound in baryonic matter (as opposed to dark matter) decreased drastically (from relativistic to thermal velocities) when the first atoms formed ( recombination epoch ), which leads to supersonic velocity currents of baryonic matter (which under gravitational) Influence of faster dark matter moves) and quadratic perturbation terms. According to Hirata and Tseliakhovich, this leads to a suppression of the formation of the first structures with observable effects.

He initiated with others an observational program that analyzes information from astronomical observational data for inferences on fundamental questions of particle physics and proposes new observation programs. A central question is whether the acceleration of the universe to dark energy (retention of general relativity but with an additional dynamic scalar field) or a modification of the general theory of relativity indicates. He is a member of NASA's proposed Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) space telescope.

Human chemical thermodynamics
See also: Human chemical reaction theory
In c. 2000, Hirata, then aged 18, published his “The Physics of Relationships” (see: relationship physics), a rarely seen brand of human chemical thermodynamics, a set of notes from his undergraduate days at CalTech, published as an online subpage to his Princeton University (see: Princeton Department of Social Physics) faculty page, consisting of five parts:

1. Thermochemical Approach to RelationshipsExternal link icon (c)
2. Complex Equilibria of Men and WomenExternal link icon (c)
3. Reaction KineticsExternal link icon (c)
4. Neutron Scattering: A Cautionary TaleExternal link icon (c)
5. The Shell ModelExternal link icon (c)

Hirata, in approaching the subject of dating and mate selection, uses the student body at Caltech, observed during this undergraduate years (1996-2000), which he says consisted of N=900 total students, of which 600 were male, and according to his observations about 200 were in paired relationships. He uses the symbols of X = girl, Y = boy, and XY = paired relationship (see: dihumanide molecule), calling the single boys and girls as “basic elements”, of which he says the simplest reaction is:

X + Y ↔ XY

This type of reaction, to note, uses the "reversible reaction" notation introduced by Jacobus van't Hoff in 1884. [10]

Hirata also comments, interestingly, in reference to the subject of queer chemistry (and other poly-amorphous relationships), in his human chemical reaction modeling that he is neglecting “rare and non-traditional” products or compounds (human molecules) that may form such as “the gay molecule Y2, the lesbian molecule X2, and the middle-Eastern polygamous molecule X4Y.” Here, in addition, we see Hirata using not only the dihumanide molecule point of view (two people viewed as one molecule), in his Y2 and X2 formulas, but also the penta-human-ide model (five humans viewed as one molecule), in his X4Y formula. This is a very complex subject, when considered from the free energy point of view (see: human free energy). In any event, on this basis he states that the equilibrium constant K for this reaction is:


where [X], [Y], and [XY] are the concentrations of the single girls, single boys, and paired relationships, respectively. This constant, according to Hirata, can be calculated from the following expression:

 -k_B T \ln K_{eq} = \Delta E + P \Delta V - T \Delta S^\ominus

where KB is the Boltzmann constant, T the temperature, ΔE the internal energy change, ΔV the volume change, and ΔS the entropy change at standard conditions. He goes on to calculate that KB at Caltech is 4.5. On this basis, he goes on to calculate, assuming that the equilibrium constant is independent of concentration and is a function of only temperature and pressure, that if the female to male ratio were 50:50 the percentage of singe males would drop from 67% to 48%.

Comment | Worthless applications?
Some, as discussed further below, have commented, in argument and or debate with American electrochemical engineer Libb Thims, who is also cited in the IQ=225+ range, that Hirata's "relationship physics" and "relationship thermochemistry", as he calls them, are nothing but physics humor or thermodynamics humor, pointing out, for example, that Hirata himself footnoted or rather headed his article as follows: [1]

In the true spirit of Caltech (I'm not sure if this applies to Princeton), I devote this section of my website to the application of basic physical principles to relationships, particularly the romantic kind. Before I do this, I will make a few comments. You should understand them before you proceed. They aren't hard to understand:

So enjoy the compilation of worthless applications of physics and mathematics to relationships:

It is bit puzzling why Hirata put this advert above his article? Possibly it is a deflection technique to avoid attack, "violent opposition" being the second stage of in the acceptance of scientific truth as Arthur Schopenhauer commented in 1818 in respect to Goethe's human chemical theory (see: HCT | Truth):

“All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.”

In this sense, Hirata's advert may have been done in the same sense as Goethe's anonymous advertisement to his Elective Affinities, Hirata's theory being basically a modern reformulation of Goethe's theory, the Rossini debate being a ripe example of the heated tensions that result what happens when goes beyond the humor stage of argument and into this is real stage of argument.

Battle of the Prodigies 3
A visual of the so-called “battle of the prodigies”, i.e. eight noted theory related child prodigies, namely: Johann Goethe (1809|60), William Sidis (1916|18), John Neumann (1934|31), John Tukey (1966|51), Dean Wooldridge (1968|55), Christopher Hirata (2000|18), Luis arroyo (2010|20), and Alexander Wissner-Gross (2013|31), five cited with IQ:200+ range (Goethe, Sidis, Neumann, Hirata, and Arroyo), three of which cited in the IQ:225+ range (Goethe, Sidis, and Hirata), who into adulthood (age 18+) independently derived and or arrived at physiochemical, thermodynamic, and or chemical thermodynamics formulation one or more aspects of existence, date (age) of theory publication shown next to each name; Neumann’s theory, to note, not quite independent (but nevertheless original), being that it resulted following a request, by Abraham Flexner, to read and comment on Georges Guillaume's 1932 economic thermodynamics PhD dissertation. The GREEN box indicates theorists whose model is about the same, i.e. free energy / affinity based; the two related by the Goethe-Helmholtz equation (i.e. thermodynamic theory of affinity).
Thermodynamics | Battle of the prodigies
See main: HCT IQ:200-range prodigies
On 30 Apr 2013, to exemplify the use of the "not to be taken seriously" pejorative technique to discredit Hirata's theory as a humorous joke, Thims queried American former child prodigy turned physicist Alexander Wissner-Gross, the 2003 MIT valedictorian (of 550 engineering students), who was the last person to simultaneously obtain an MIT triple major (SB in physics, SB in electrical science and engineering, and SB in mathematics), before they outlawed the practice, who recently received considerable press frenzy for his 19 Apr 2013 article “Causal Entropic Forces”, co-written with American mathematician Cameron Freer, wherein they attempt to argue that "intelligence" and intelligent behavior stem from what they call "entropic forces", as to whether or not he thought he was smarter than Hirata as follows:

“Your new articleExternal link icon (c)popped up on my RSS feed today, so I started an Hmolpedia article on you: Alexander Wissner-Gross. As you seem to be a bit of an accelerated learner, where do you see yourself fitting currently on the genius IQs table? Or have you had estimates made by others of your IQ? For example, do you think you are above or below Christopher Hirata, who similar to you was an age 13 national physics olympiad winner, who also developed his own thermodynamics theory of humans, in intelligence?”

To which Wissner-Gross replied: [12]

“Hard to say where I would fit in your table, but I would say that my causal entropic force theory is intended to be treated more seriously than the Hirata work you mention. :-).”

In Nov 2013, interestingly, related or not, a few months after this dialogue, Wissner-Gross gave a local TED talk entitled “A New Equation for Intelligence”, the gist of which was discussion of his proposed intelligence equation; the main statement of which is as follows: (Ѻ)

“I asked, starting several years ago, is there an underlying mechanism for intelligence that we can factor out of all of these different threads? Is there a single equation for intelligence? The answer, I believe, is yes. [F = T ∇ Sτ] What you're seeing is probably the closest equivalent to an E = mc² for intelligence that I've seen. So what you're seeing here is a statement of correspondence that intelligence is a force, F, that acts so as to maximize future freedom of action. It acts to maximize future freedom of action, or keep options open, with some strength T, with the diversity of possible accessible futures, S, up to some future time horizon, tau. In short, intelligence doesn't like to get trapped. Intelligence tries to maximize future freedom of action and keep options open.”

Whatever the case, Wissner-Gross seems to think his theory is better than Hirata's theory, which, however is not the case. To give some comparison, there is no denying the fact that the great German polyintellect Goethe, also a child prodigy cited with a 225+ IQ did the exact same derivation as Hirata 200 years ago (see: Goethe timeline), considering his finished product to be his greatest publication and something to be taken very seriously as its theoretical implications overthrow the foundations of modern thought (as can be gleaned from some of the commentary of his enemies). The deeper issue, however, which this type of derivation tends to bring to the fore (see, e.g. the 2006 Rossini debate and 2009 Moriarty-Thims debate), is that the chemical thermodynamic dissection of humanity strips away fundamental beliefs concerning morality, purpose, life/death, religion, etc., reducing them to pure physics and chemistry, leaving the unacquainted reader with a residual anger and irritation. This is exemplified is exemplified by German writer Christoph Wieland’s 1810 comment, found in a letter (which he suggested should be burned after it is read) to his close friend German philologist and archaeologist Karl Böttiger, on Goethe’s Elective Affinities (which gives the same type of derivation as Hirata) that "to all rational readers, the use of the chemical theory is nonsense and childish fooling around."

Motl on Hirata (2010)
The 16-20 Nov 2010 opinions of wildcard Lubos Motl (photo shown being his Twitter (Ѻ) page avatar)– a former Harvard physics professor, who in 2007 was forced (Ѻ) to resign, owing to his over-typical approach of using flaming criticism of anti-string theory advocates, such as Lee Smolin and Peter Woit, whose books he described as “crank” and “crackpot” – on Hirata and Thims versions of human chemical thermodynamics theories, dismissing Hirata as "but a joke" and Thims as senile or crazy. [14]
In 2010, Czech-American theoretical physics Lubos Motl, a supposed black hole thermodynamics theorist, and former Harvard physics professor commented the following, after watching several of American electrochemical engineer Libb Thims' Human Chemistry 101 videos, on topics such as sexual heat and enthalpy, human reactions and chemical thermodynamics, etc., commented the following (his punctuation emphasis): [14]

“You've GOT to realize the blatant absurdity of trying to model the laws governing human relationships using the rules of thermodynamics, a set of rules that only apply at a molecular level. Human beings are NOT molecules, they are composed of molecules, but we aren't giant molecules. Human relationships are governed mostly by human psychology. I can only assume you're senile or crazy to believe this nonsense. Thermodynamics of human relationships is bullcrap. The stuff Hirata said about human thermodynamics was a JOKE. You don't seriously believe that he was serious about this, do you ? Your obsession with human thermodynamics is silly.”

Motl, related to this Hirata theory discussion, in 2007, also gave his view that he considered American mathematician, electrical engineer, and physicist Alexander Wissner-Gross, discussed below, who in turn thinks his theory is better than Hirata's, as an "interdisciplinary genius".

Anecdote | Mathematics problem
Upon arriving at Caltech in 1997, Hirata registered one of the highest scores in history on the Institute's mathematics diagnostic tests, thereby foregoing freshman calculus and sophomore differential equations (see: prodigies and calculus) for a more difficult upper-division class. (Ѻ) And his early mastery of physics, his chosen field, is even more impressive. On the GRE advanced subject test in physics, he scored a perfect 990. Caltech mathematics instructor Markus Keel recalls his favorite anecdote about Hirata concerning a difficult problem on the final exam, in his class of class of 22 physics and mathematics majors included a couple of graduate students. Before putting the problem on the test, he had consulted two colleagues in the department. One colleague said he didn't see right away how to solve the exercise, while the other said—at terrific volume—that he didn't even believe the conclusion of the problem. On the final itself, Hirata not only solved the problem as Keel had framed it, but left a note saying that he knew of an easier way to solve it, and wrote the easier solution on the back of the page. (Ѻ)

Discover | Thims
On 15 Feb 2010, Libb Thims discovered Hirata specifically by searching for individuals cited with an IQ of 225. Specifically, after previously finding that both Goethe, discovered in 2006, and William Sidis, discovered in circa 2008, were independently cited with 225+ IQ estimates, Thims became innately "curious" as to exactly how many people have been estimated in such range of intelligence? AFTER finding a news article citing Hirata with an IQ of 225, Thims then began to investigate Hirata to see who he was and what his work was about, and therein, by digging around in the personal pages of his faculty page, found that Hirata, in his "The Physics of Relationships" (c.2000) article, did work on the elective affinities problem, as did Thims, Goethe, and Sidis (in a partial sense) before him.

In other words, prior to 15 Feb 2010, the only IQs at or above the 225 estimate that Thims was aware of where: Leonardo da Vinci, Johann Goethe, Marilyn Savant, William Sidis, and Michael Kearney. Terence Tao, of note, also seems to have been discovered, via IQ: 200+ range key term searching.

Prior to this, Hirata, aside from a few early 2000s online news clippings, was generally off the “high IQ radar”, e.g. compare the 9 Dec 2009 IQ: 200+ page (version 183) with the 15 Feb 2010 IQ: 200+ page (version 204), and his work on human chemical thermodynamics was completely unknown, at least to Libb Thims, who by that time had compiled an online listing of the top 360+ people, e.g. see: HT pioneers (version 3), made on 24 Aug 2010, known to have applied thermodynamics to the humanities.

IQ=225+ cited
Johann Goethe nsGoethe

Hirata and Goethe were both famous child prodigies in youth, both cited in the IQ=225+ range, and both did work on the elective affinities problem.
Goethe | Hirata | Sidis
There seems to be some correlative evidence that the "elective affinities problem", common to IQ 225+ thinkers, is the new "blue sky problem", which prior to the early 20th century was puzzle of curiosity common to every IQ 200+ range genius (note Hirata "curiosity drives me to inquire" quote, below).

Historically, to explain, in circa 1995, American electrochemical engineer Libb Thims, as an undergraduate chemical engineering student, out of an insatiable curiosity, began working on a variant of the elective affinities problem, specifically in terms of how the human reproduction reaction (man + woman → child) could be mapped out and predicted in terms of free energy differentials per unit time; in 2006, through prolonged research efforts, Thims eventually found Goethe, via footnote 2.5 of of the work of Ilya Prigogine, the first human ever cited with an IQ of 225, by Catherine Cox (1926), and how he had worked on the very same problem from 1796 to 1809, the result of which he considered his greatest work (see: best book).

In May 2012, Thims, similar to Goethe, Sidis, and Hirata, began to be cited with an IQ of 225± or specifically as the "highest IQ" ever, by YouTube vote. (Ѻ)

While some may dismissively find it but coincidence that Goethe, Thims, Hirata, and Sidis, three of the four former child prodigies, each, independently, cited at the IQ 225 level, each independently produced the same essential theory, in regards to human chemical thermodynamics, and that Goethe, Thims, and Hirata, the more apt conclusion is that the modelling of human interactions in chemical reaction terms is something seen only through great erudition, foresight, and perspicacity; the average person remaining but forest blind to this higher vision of reality.

modern universal genius
A sampling of the some of the main intellectual road blocks a "modern" universal genius needs to grapple with, in order to have a modern "universal' understanding of reality; Hungarian chemical engineer and mathematician John Neumann (IQ=190) being the last of lineage of so-called “last universal geniuses”. The only other person that comes to mind, following Neumann, is American IQ:225+ cited, former child prodigy (as was Neumann), youngest-ever (age 13) winner of the international Physics Olympiad, thinker Christopher Hirata, noted for his age-17 written circa 2000 human chemical thermodynamics based "The Physics of Relationships" theory (see: relationship physics); presently an astrophysics professor at Ohio State University, working on gravitational lensing, relativity, dark energy, and accelerating universe problems, among other topics on modern astronomy. Hirata is also listed, according to, among “the 10 youngest PhDs of all time” (Neumann, similarly, simultaneously completed a BS in chemical engineering and PhD in mathematics at age 23). [33] Presently, as of 2013, however, Hirata has disassociated himself from relationship physics, and seems to now only confine himself to physical-astronomy problems.
Child prodigy | Education
Hirata was noticed to have an accelerated mind at an early age. At age 3, he entertained himself, at the grocery story, by calculating the total bill of items in his parent's shopping cart, item-by-item, by weight, quantity, discounts, and sales tax. He was also reading the Dr. Seuss series to himself, able to recite the alphabet backwards, and had coded the alphabet sequence numerically, e.g. that the letter ‘O’ was 15th in the sequence. In 1st grade, he was doing algebra. In regards to his elementary and middle school years: [9]

"I had some good teachers, but it was mostly a waste."

By age 12, he was talking college-level courses in physics and multivariable calculus. [5]

Hirata, at age 13, gained fame by winning gold medal at the 1996 International Physics Olympiad (IPhO), an international competition among the world’s smartest math and science students (up to age 19), becoming the youngest medalist ever. Hirata’s showing at the IPhO was considered so record-breaking that IPhO organizers announced a special award for “Youngest Medalist”, awarded that year to Hirata, an award that has since become one of the most-coveted awards. [3] During meetings at the local McDonald’s, during this period, he and his friend Ben Newman, from the Physics Olympiad camp, "sat around writing general relativity equations out on the napkins," recalls Newman. That year Hirata was ranked fifth in the world in physics, math, science. [7]

At age 14, Hirata entered the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and two years later began working with NASA on a project exploring the possibility of colonizing Mars.

In 1998 (Ѻ), age 15, and in 2000 (Ѻ), age 17, Hirata was on the three person Caltech team, which, in each year, took 4th in the Putman mathematics completion.

In 1999, at age 16, Hirata was cited as having an IQ of 225. [7]

In 2000, Hirata, together with Caltech teammates Kevin Costello and Michael Shulman, took 4th place in the famous Putnam Mathematics Competition. (Ѻ)

In 2001, at age 18, Hirata completed his BS in physics (Ѻ)(Ѻ) at the Caltech, with a 4.2 GPA, and his PhD in physics in 2005 with a dissertation on “Weak Gravitational Lensing Theory and Data Analysis” at Princeton. [2] Hirata was an assistant professor of astrophysics at CalTech from 2006 to 2012. Currently, Hirata is visiting professor of physics and astronomy at Ohio State University.

Prayer (word scramble)
In 2013, Hirata posted, on his Facebook page, that he "prayed", specifically using the Lord’s prayer, with a homeless person, which seems to belie a theistic (Christian), i.e. god-believing belief system? This is peculiar in that some 95% of "greater scientists", in this year, profess no belief in god.
Religion | Beliefs
See main: Prodigies on god; See also: Hirata timeline
Hirata, prior to age 30, circa 2010, did not seem to given any public clues as to his belief system or belief state or creed, if at all he had one?

On 13 Oct 2013, Hirata posted, on his Facebook page, that he said the Lord’s prayer with a homeless person, in Southern California, and that he hoped it would make a difference: [19]

“Today’s experience: saying the Lord’s prayer with a homeless couple on Colorado Boulevard (Ѻ). It may not feed or shelter them, but I hope that it made a difference in their lives.”

This prompted a certain amount of Internet buzz speculation about his belief system:

Christopher Hirata – has a verified IQ of 225, calculated when he was in his teens. Hirata skipped middle school, and at 16 was working with NASA on a project exploring the possibility of colonizing Mars. The Daily Princetonian, Princeton’s student paper, where Hirata began attending for his PhD in Astrophysics at 18, reported that his IQ is around 225. Hirata posted the following to his Facebook on October 31, 2013: ‘Today’s experience: saying the Lord’s prayer with a homeless couple on Colorado Boulevard. It may not feed or shelter them, but I hope that it made a difference in their lives.’ So he is clearly both a Theist and a Christian.”
— Tim (2014), “Of 10 highest IQ’s on Earth” [17]

Chris Hirata [#20] - could not find any info on religious views (I'm not convinced by the Lord’s prayer post).”
— TrollSponge (2014), “Out of the World’s 30 Smartest People” [18]

Here, supposedly, we see that Hirata, not only believes in the "power of prayer", which has been scientifically disproven by the Heart Prayer Study, but also is ignorant of the fact that the Lord's prayer is but a reduced version of the Egyptian mythology "spell 125", i.e. chapter 125, of the Egyptian Book of the Dead (1500BC)? Hirata, here, supposedly, accordingly, is an implicit theist, believing in the ability of prayer and the existence of god?

This would seem to align with the factoid that if one is given the birth name of "Christopher" (see: Christopher etymology), meaning that both mother and father had affinity to that name, i.e. to Christian ideologies, he or she has a 67 percent chance of remaining theist into adulthood and moreover to openly reject any type of atomic theory + energy based materialism philosophy. His mother (see: Hirata timeline) Terese Hirata’s 24 Mar 2013 Facebook comment: “Oh! My God”, upon reading her son post that he “hit a pothole on the 210 and lost a tire”, is indicative of an ingrained reactionary Christian belief system. [16]

This would seem to corroborate with the fact that Hirata, as compared to other hmolscience-minded thinkers, is averse to communication with Libb Thims, in respect to his physics of relationship theory.

This admission, discovered by Thims on 19 Oct 2016, accordingly, namely according to the so-called god belief rule (see: prodigies on god), drops his IQ estimate five points at a minimum, from 190 (2015 guesstimate) to 185 (2016 guesstimate).

Here, we can compare this science vs religion belief system internal conflict scenario with that of IQ:200 cited Puerto Rican child prodigy Luis Arroyo’s whose 2010, age 20 completed, MS physics thesis “A Thermal Model of the Economy”, is very similar to Hirta's 2000, age 18 completed "The Physics of Relationships", and how at age 15 he was interviewed about his Jehovah’s Witness beliefs in respect to science.
Christopher Hirata (smartest person alive) badge’s August 2012 profile of Hirata as one of the 10 smartest people alive. [8] In July 2012, Hirata was two of 96 researchers President Obama named this week as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers—the highest honor given by the U.S. Government to science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their research careers. [6]

IQ | Estimate
The "existence state" real time estimate of Hirata's IQ is a very unusual case, say as compared to the dozens of other news-hyped so-deemed prodigies with age ratioed IQs in the 200 range, and specifically the handful of prodigies cited in the IQ of 225 range. In 1999, as discussed, Hirata, at age 16, was cited as having an IQ of 225. He had accomplished some intellectual feats during this period, e.g. "youngest medalist at IPO" (1996), "4th place in Putnam" (2000), human chemical thermodynamics (c.2000), and 4.2 GPA BS physics Caltech (2001), to name a few. On 24 Aug 2010, Thims discovered Hirata, following a week or so of research of searching for people specifically cited with IQ of 225, and therein found his secret faculty page notes on his circa 2000 (age 18) human chemical thermodynamics derivation. Thims, at this point, began to loosely gauge Hirata with a real time IQ of 190, give or take, in respect to the big chief geniuses in that range among the top 500 geniuses. On 19 Oct 2016, Thims discovered Hirata's "Lord's prayer" admission, which dropped his previous IQ gauge of 190 (2015 guesstimate) to 185 (2016 guesstimate), if not lower. Hirata, however, is working on the dark matter and accelerating universe problem, which if fruitful, in the future, could bump his numbers back up.

Facts | Hirata
In 2006, Hirata, age 24, on his CalTech faculty page, had the following so-called “fact sheet” webpage listing posted on himself: [19]

Basic Data


Time of birth1982 Nov 30 05:46 GMT
Place of birthYpsilanti, Michigan, United States of America
Location of birthEarth. 42deg15min N. 083deg38min W.
Height5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
WeightZero. (see note 1)
Rest mass136 lbm (62 kg)
Rest mass energy equivalent1300 megatons TNT
Integer part of age in years23 (see note 2)
EmployerInstitute for Advanced Study
Thermal neutron cross section1.3E+27 barns (total, spin-averaged)
Moment of inertia17 to 120 lbm ft^2 (0.7 to 5 kg m^2) (see note 3)
Thermal power output0.1 Btu/sec (100 W)
Radioisotopic power output1.6E-12 Btu/sec (1.7 nW)

  1. My metaphysical interpretation of the Equivalence Principle is that gravity is a fictitious force.
  2. Used to be 21 at parties. Still wish I were.
  3. Moment of inertia is given about center of mass, but varies depending on direction of axis and time of measurement.

Here we see the unusual but interesting listing of zero weight per reason that he believes gravity to be a fictitious force.

Hirata | Favorites
In 2006, Hirata, age 24, on his CalTech faculty page, had the following so-called “favorites” webpage section listing posted on himself: [19]


Chemical elementCarbon, C (Z=6)
IsotopeUranium 235, U235 (Z=92, A=235, N=143, I=7/2, P=-1)
Color405 nm (the Hg I line)
Scaling lawgravity's inverse-square law
Symmetryisospin SU(2) (even though it's approximate)
GroupJ = A5 (see note 4)
FieldC (see note 5)
Elementary particlesneutral pion and neutron
Special functionthe gamma function
Multipole expansion termquadrupole
Type of rockgranite
Type of starwhite dwarf
Type of volcanocinder cone
Type of organismmushroom
Type of cloudmushroom
Conic sectionellipse
Quadric surfacehyperboloid of one sheet
GirlAnnika Peter (Ѻ)(Ѻ)

  1. My original favorite group was J, the group of parity-conserving symmetries of the buckyball. It has order 60, and is simple. I have since learned that J is isomorphic to the alternating group of the fifth order, A5.
  2. My friend Michael Schein (a graduate student at Harvard) writes to me: "If your favorite field is C, then you are a really boring person. The problem is that C is algebraically closed. While that gives you the Nullstellensatz and makes algebraic geometry much simpler, it also means that there isn't much interesting arithmetic. The field Q and its finite extensions are much more exciting. You should go into number theory and study them." I maintain that C has far more demonstrated relevance to the world than the finite extensions of Q. (C is the complex numbers, Q is the rational numbers.)

On 20 Aug 2005, Hirata, a month after completed his PhD dissertation (28 Jul), to note, married (see: Hirata timeline) his “favorite girl”, namely: astrophysicist Annika Peter (1982-) (Ѻ), as listed above; this would seem to preclude Hirata from the effects of bachelorhood and genius.

Left: the 2010 video IQ=200+ | Smartest Person Ever (3 of 4), wherein Hirata is discussed (3:57-6:14). Right: the 2014 video 25 Smartest Person Alive | Existive (2014) (5 of 5), wherein Hirata is discussed (11:49-17:28).
Quotes | On
The following are quotes on or about Hirata:

“If I were to say that Chris Hirata is one in a million, that would understate his intellectual ability.”
— Vincent Malek (1997), Deerfield High School science chairman, on Hirata at age 14, during his last semester of high school, prior to going to CalTech (Ѻ)

“It seems that some of the smartest people of all time, e.g. see: top 30 or so geniuses of all time playlist [2010] (Ѻ), spent some of their IQ parsing away the problems of social behaviour. As you get near the top, three names stand out. Turns out Christopher Hirata (#16) has developed a social model outlined in ‘The Physics Of Relationships’. William Sidis (#8) also discussed ‘chemical affinity’ [enthalpy and entropy] as being a formulaic basis for human relations, and before them both and Einstein’s personal favorite Johann Goethe (#1) not only [explicated] a vast model of human behaviour [see: Elective Affinities], but demonstrated its function in his fictional work Faust.”
— Matthew Newhall (2013), “Real Genius” (Ѻ), Nov 25

“This kid [Hirata] was in my high school AP class, near Chicago. He carried two backpacks, one on the front and one on the back. He was in third grade at the time.”
— PipeLayersUnion (2014), reddit “today I learned thread” (Ѻ)

Hirata (IQ:225|#3) is an astrophysicist who is known for his work 'The Physics of Relationships.' His fame came at age 13 when became the youngest competitor ever to win a gold medal at the International Physics Olympiad. At 16, he began working with NASA on a project dedicated to colonizing Mars. He produced a similar theory on human chemical thermodynamics to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (IQ:220|#4).”
— Roxy Farrah (2014). “20 Smartest People to Ever Exist” (Ѻ), Aug 30

Quotes | By
The following are noted quote by Hirata:

“What I want to do is actually find the equation instead of using the same equation over and over.”
— Christopher Hirata (1996), age 13 comment (Ѻ) on trying to figure out how long it takes to a pendulum ruler to make one swing

“The consideration [of] the nature of the forces involved in [human] relationships is not an easy subject. There are numerous pitfalls in applying what we know about ordinary human behavior to love, or even to sexual desires; and so to reinforce this fact I provide you with the following to consider: these processes occur on human time [human time] and length scales which are well known to us, and yet extrapolating (or interpolating?) from the known into the unknown may be dangerous. So one asks, what is the nature of sex and love and so on, and their relation to the other everyday experiences around us? And the answer, of course, follows only from an observation of this world and the processes that occur in it. It must be noted, if it is not obvious, that I have never experienced any sort of romance. It is also true that I [likely] never will, and yet my curiosity drives me to inquire as to the nature of the experience. And it is true that physical theory is the only way in which to answer this question, other than direct experience. While direct experience is undeniably a more reliable way to answer such questions, a few major problems with direct experience must be addressed: first, that it is [probably] not going to happen; and second, that various other people whom I know have been involved in romances, and in some cases they have been involved in many consecutive romances, but have failed to take data during those treasured minutes of sex. Love lasts longer but they don't want to analyze their relationships for fear of destroying them. More seriously, they do not take time to step back and make objective and scientific observations. Thus, for all practical purposes, the mysteries of sex and love can for the time being only be revealed by theory.”
— Christopher Hirata (c.2000), age 18 article “The Physics of Relationships” (§4:Neutron Scattering: a Cautionary Tale) (Ѻ)

“This morning, I observed the formation of a circular queue: a situation in which a group of people at the airport are all patiently following the person in front of them, except that there is no beginning or end. It's like a bacterial chromosome, except that base pairs don't get irate.”
— Christopher Hirata (2014), Facebook Post, Mar 9 [16]

See also
Hirata timeline
IQ:200+ HCT prodigies
Julius Davidson (1916)
Lawrence Henderson (1935)
Frederick Rossini (1971)

1. (a) Hirata, Christopher M. (c.2000). “The Physics of Relationships” (section: Fun) (abs) (WB) (Yumpu) ,; (WayBack Machine).
(b) Hirata, Christopher M. (2010). "The Physics of Relationships", Journal of Human Thermodynamics, 6(5): 62-76.
2. Hirata, Christopher M. (2005). “Weak Gravitational Lensing Theory and Data Analysis”, thesis/dissertation. Princeton University, Department of Physics.
3. Schwab, Tracy. (1996). “Pen”, Physics Education News, American Institute of Physics.
5. Duch, Margaret van. (1995). “The Head of the Class: Having a Super-bright Kid Brings its Own Challenges to Parent”, Chicago Tribune, Apr. 02.
6. Staff. (2012). “ASC Researchers Named PECASE Winners”, Ohio State University, Jul 23.
7. Susan, Goldsmith. (1999). “The Wizard of Pasadena” (Ѻ) (Ѻ), New Times Los Angeles, Jun 17.
8. Staff. (2012). “Meet the 10 Smartest People in the World”,, Aug 28.
9. Woods, Vanessa. (2001). “Balancing Life as a Teenager and a Graduate Student” (WB), The Daily Princetonian, Sep 21.
10. (a) Nernst, Walther. (1895). Theoretical Chemistry: from the Standpoint of Avogadro’s Rule & Thermodynamics ( \leftrightarrows \,, pg. 358). MacMillan and Co.
(b) The exact publication of Van't Hoff likely being his 1884 Studies in Chemical Dynamics.
11. Note: The "update" engagement announcement part seems to have been added to the page in 2006 or before, as Hirata has 19 Aug 2007 photos of him and Annika and their moving-in-together trip to Pasadena California.
12. (a) Wissner-Gross, Alexander. (2013). “Causal Entropic Forces” (abs), Physical Review Letters, 110(168702):1-5.
(b) Gorski, Chris. (2013). “Physicist Proposes New Way to Think About Intelligence”,
(c) Kosner, Anthony Wing. (2013). “From Atoms to Bits, Physics Shows Entropy as the Root of Intelligence”, Forbes, Apr 21.
(d) Press –
13. Email communication with Libb Thims (30 Apr 2013).
14. (a) Motl, Lubos. (2010). “Comment: IQ 200+ | Smartest person ever (3 of 4)”, HumanChemistry101, YouTube, Nov. 16.
(b) Motl, Lubos. (2010). “Comment: Group Application Michael Kearney”, HumanChemistry101, YouTube, Nov. 19.
(c) Motl, Lubos. (2010). “Comment: Sexual heat | pop quiz”, HumanChemistry101, YouTube, Nov. 20.
15. Linderstrom-Lang, Kaj. (1956). “The Thermodynamic Activity of the Male Housefly” (pdf), Conference / Banquet Lecture, America.
16. Christopher Michael Hirata – Facebook.
17. Tim. (2014). “Of 10 highest IQ’s on earth, at least 8 are Theists, at least 6 are Christians:” (Ѻ), Eternal Vigilance, Blog, Jul 12.
18. TrollSponge. (2014). “Out of the World’s 30 Smartest People: 11 atheists, 1 deist, 10 theists, 8 not known” (Ѻ),, Forum, Nov 14.
19. (a) Christopher Hirata (Facts Sheet) (WB) (2010) –
(b) Note: WayBack listing starts at 2010; but Hirata timeline shows that he was working at the Institute for Advanced Study in 2006; hence the date cited.

Further reading
● Staff. (1996). “Gold-Standard Genius at Physics Olympiad: Deerfield Teen Compiles Best Score.” Chicago Tribune, Aug 11.
● Susan, Goldsmith. (2001). “Update on a Genius: at 18 he’s off to Princeton for a PhD in Physics”, New Times Los Angeles Online, Jul 19.
● Hirata, Christopher. (2012). “The Equation of State of Dense matter” (pdf), Lecture 10, Caltech, Jan 20.

● Hirata, Christopher. (2008). “Non-Gaussianity with Large-Scale Structure” (V), 42-min, CITA 106, Aug 28.
● Hirata, Christopher. (2010). “Cosmic Microwave Background Spectral, Part VI: Discussion of molecular and metal lines from early galaxies” (Ѻ), KISSCaltech, Aug 16.
● Hirata, Chris. (2013). “The CMB Power Asymmetry” (V), 58-min, The Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, University California, Santa Barbara and Caltech, Apr 08.
● Anon. (2015), “Top 5 Most Intelligent People That Have Ever Lived” (Ѻ), Fact5, Jun 29.

External links
● Christopher Hirata (German → English) – Wikipedia.
Christopher Hirata – Mathematics Genealogy Project.
Chris Hirata (faculty) – Ohio State University.
Christopher Hirata (faculty) – CalTech.
Christopher Hirata – Twitter.

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