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

### About

### Not Even Wrong: The Book

### Categories

- Book Reviews (43)
- BRST (12)
- Experimental HEP News (138)
- Langlands (19)
- Multiverse Mania (95)
- Not Even Wrong: The Book (26)
- Quantum Mechanics (6)
- Strings 2XXX (13)
- This Week's Hype (71)
- Uncategorized (1,034)

### Recent Comments

- Yet More News 9

Lee Smolin, Jesper, Peter Woit, David, amused, Yatima [...] - Various News 24

paddy, Anon, Peter Woit, anonymist, Yatima, Nathalie [...] - Job Action at the Journal of K-theory 3

Mathematician, gurgaon india tourism, Narad - Quick Links 48

anonymous, Michael Gogins, B'Rat, Curious Mayhem, NP, Niclas [...] - Planck: It's Just Dust 41

Peter Woit, Art Brown, Edward, Peter Woit, Art Brown, Art [...]

- Yet More News 9
### Archives

### Links

### Mathematics Weblogs

- Alexandre Borovik
- Antwerp Noncommutative Geometry Seminar
- Automorphic Forum
- Cathy O'Neil
- Chromotopy
- Concrete Nonsense
- Danny Calegari
- DZB's blog
- Emmanuel Kowalski
- Jeffrey Morton
- Jesse Johnson
- Johan deJong
- Lieven Le Bruyn
- Michael Hutchings
- Motivic Stuff
- Noncommutative Geometry
- Pieter Belmans
- Quomodocumque
- Rigorous Trivialities
- Secret Blogging Seminar
- Terence Tao
- The n-Category Cafe
- Timothy Gowers

### Physics Weblogs

- Alexey Petrov
- Andrew Jaffe
- Angry Physicist
- Capitalist Imperialist Pig
- Chad Orzel
- Charles Day
- Christine Dantas
- Clifford Johnson
- Cormac O’Raifeartaigh
- Cosmic Variance
- Dmitry Podolsky
- Doug Natelson
- EPMG Blog
- Georg von Hippel
- Gordon Watts
- Jacques Distler
- Jennifer Ouellette
- Jim Rohlf
- John Horgan
- John Terning
- Jonathan Shock
- Kyle Cranmer
- Lubos Motl
- Makoto Sakurai
- Martin Perl
- Matt Strassler
- Michael Schmitt
- Philip Gibbs
- Physics World
- Resonaances
- Rhys Davies
- Robert Helling
- Sabine Hossenfelder/Stefan Scherer
- Scott Aaronson
- Sesh Nadathur
- Shaun Hotchkiss
- Shores of the Dirac Sea
- Steve Hsu
- Sujit Datta
- Tommaso Dorigo

### Meta

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.