Several blogs have now pointed out the wonderful snarXiv site, which automatically produces random plausible-sounding hep-th entries. It’s something along the same lines as the famous Postmodernism Generator. For entertainment, you can try playing snarXiv vs. arXiv.
HEPAP is meeting in Washington today, presentations here
At Fermilab, the User’s Meeting continues today, talks here.
Last week was Brookhaven Forum 2010, talks available here.
Talks by Michaels Atiyah and Green at the Young Researchers in Mathematics 2010 meeting are available here. Atiyah reminisces about his early career and offers a lot of helpful career advice for young mathematicians. For the future, he’s betting that topology and symmetry will remain crucial themes in mathematics, with solitons continuing to be interesting since they live in the intersection. Green gives a very standard promotional talk on string theory. For some reason he explains to the young mathematicians the story of the string theory anthropic landscape explanation for the CC, then remarks that he personally finds it to be a cop-out.
The Edge web-site has a wonderful discussion with my Columbia colleague Emanuel Derman, covering his early career in particle physics, his days as a Quant, and thoughts about the current state of the finance business.
From Fabien Besnard, the news that Vladimir Arnold died today in Paris.
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