Particle theory is about to have a significantly higher profile in midtown Manhattan, with the launch of two new programs this spring:

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The three speakers at the Simons Center Seminars in Manhattan are all string theorists. Surprise, surprise, suprise!

Actually, they might all be better characterized as “ex-string theorists”, with McGreevy recently working on condensed matter physics, Komargodski on supersymmetry breaking and Cachazo on qft scattering amplitudes.

This reflects pretty well the “hot” topics in particle theory: string theorists are fleeing the failed program of trying to get unification or even quantum gravity out of string theory, and moving into other subjects, sometimes hoping to find a use for methods that grew out of their earlier string theory research.

What I found interesting w.r.t. the Simons seminar announcement is that no title of the talks, let alone abstracts is posted. Why should people attend, then?

Mike,

I suspect the organizers will post the titles and abstracts when they get them from speakers.