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 (60)
- BRST (12)
- Experimental HEP News (147)
- Langlands (24)
- Multiverse Mania (129)
- Not Even Wrong: The Book (27)
- Quantum Mechanics (10)
- Strings 2XXX (16)
- This Week's Hype (89)
- Uncategorized (1,151)

### Recent Comments

- Fake Physics 35

Peter Woit, serious question here, Peter Woit, Anonymous, Peter Woit, Doug McDonald [...] - Various and Sundry 58

Artie Prendergast-Smith, Cormac O Rafferty, Jon Orloff, Peter Woit, chris, Jonny iTouch [...] - New Year's Multiverse 73

Peter Woit, Alan, Peter Woit, Alan, anon, Jesper [...] - What Graduate School in Theoretical Physics is Really Like 46

anon, Yi-Zen Chu, bks, Jeff M, Justin, Radioactive [...] - Various Links 29

Jim Given, Sebastian Thaler, Yatima, Peter Woit, John Baez, Pavel [...]

- Fake Physics 35
### Archives

### Links

### Mathematics Weblogs

- Alex Youcis
- Alexandre Borovik
- Antwerp Noncommutative Geometry Seminar
- Cathy O'Neil
- Chromotopy
- Daniel Litt
- Danny Calegari
- David Hansen
- David Mumford
- Emmanuel Kowalski
- Harald Helfgott
- Jeffrey Morton
- Jesse Johnson
- Johan deJong
- Lieven Le Bruyn
- Mathematics Without Apologies
- Michael Hutchings
- Motivic Stuff
- Noncommutative Geometry
- Pieter Belmans
- Qiaochu Yuan
- Quomodocumque
- Rigorous Trivialities
- Secret Blogging Seminar
- Terence Tao
- The n-Category Cafe
- Timothy Gowers

### Physics Weblogs

- Alexey Petrov
- AMVA4NewPhysics
- Andrew Jaffe
- Angry Physicist
- Capitalist Imperialist Pig
- Chad Orzel
- Charles Day
- Clifford Johnson
- Cormac O’Raifeartaigh
- Doug Natelson
- EPMG Blog
- Georg von Hippel
- Gordon Watts
- Jackson Clarke
- Jacques Distler
- Jennifer Ouellette
- Jim Baggott
- Jim Rohlf
- John Horgan
- John Terning
- Kyle Cranmer
- Lubos Motl
- Makoto Sakurai
- Martin Perl
- Matt Strassler
- Matthew Buckley
- Michael Schmitt
- Norbert Bodendorfer
- Peter Orland
- Philip Gibbs
- Physics World
- Resonaances
- Robert Helling
- Ross McKenzie
- Sabine Hossenfelder
- Scott Aaronson
- Sesh Nadathur
- Shaun Hotchkiss
- Shores of the Dirac Sea
- Steve Hsu
- 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.