Since everyone wants to hear about the faster-than-light neutrinos, here’s some additional information about why I don’t believe it. Jon Butterworth explains here the problem with timing the neutrinos at the CERN end. In a postscript, a senior member of OPERA points out that he and four other senior members of the collaboration kept their names off the paper. Their reasoning seems to have been that this is a very preliminary, likely wrong, result, being sold as more robust than it is. Tommaso Dorigo had a similar analysis to Butterworth’s up on his blog early on, but was induced to take it down because the release to the press and the associated hullabaloo had not yet taken place.
I had been wondering what had happened to the million dollars from the Millenium Prize that Perelman turned down. The Clay Mathematics Institute has recently announced that the money will go to fund, for the next five years, a postdoctoral position at the Institut Henri Poincaré, to be called the Poincaré Chair.
A sign of the times: today’s HEP seminar at the IAS was titled “Is SUSY still alive?”. I wasn’t there, so don’t know what the answer was, but clearly the question is now being asked.
The Tevatron will shut down on Friday for good, ending an era. There’s an article about this in Science magazine here. Gordon Kane was expecting SUSY to be discovered by this machine, but that didn’t work out, and he’s no fan of Fermilab management:
But Kane argues that the Tevatron underperformed all along because of weak management at the lab and the Department of Energy, which funds Fermilab. “It could have performed much better and done much more,” he says.
Reaction to this from Nicholas Samios was:
“I would not trust a theorist to talk about management,” Samios says.