To get an idea of what’s going on at CERN not at the LHC, but at the theoretical end of things, take a look at the presentations at the recent CERN-TH retreat.
I was worried that this blog marked the end of the distinguished series of publications of W. C. Gall. Fortunately, I see that there is now more.
A year ago I attended a talk at NYU by IAS director Peter Goddard on the early history of the IHES and how it was inspired by the Princeton Institute. Cormac O’Raifertaigh reports here on a recent talk by Goddard at the Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies, about how it too grew out of a similar inspiration.
Via Jordan Ellenberg, there’s news of a claimed proof of Leopoldt’s conjecture, with details available at a blog entry by Minhyong Kim at the new London Number Theory blog.
Among courses this semester the world over I wish I could attend, one would be Eckhard Meinrenken’s on Lie Groups and Clifford algebras. Luckily he’s producing lecture notes, updating those from a previous version of the course.
Next Tuesday the Science Channel will continue it’s great tradition of programming about fundamental physics with the premiere of a new show called Sci-Fi Science featuring Michio Kaku. The first evening’s episodes will explain
a loophole in Einstein’s theory of relativity that shows how a spacecraft could travel at warp speed.
Dr. Kaku is on a mission to design a gateway to a parallel universe – but which type should he visit? MIT cosmologist Alan Guth explains his recipe for creating your own universe in the lab, and physicist Neil Turok explains how a parallel universe is only an atom’s length away from us.
To their credit, sometimes they do actually have some real practical science which is not science fiction: yesterday they had Frank Wilczek on this show.
Update: Lubos has more Kaku.
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