One thing that a career in math or physics research can get you, courtesy of financial industry wealth, is a nice trip to the Virgin Islands. A couple current possibilities are:
- The Simons Foundation funds week-long Simons Symposia, at Caneel Bay, on St. John. The next one is next week, on Knot Homologies and BPS States. These are serious, invitation only, family members discouraged, events. To get this trip you better be a top expert in a specific field of the Symposium. The Simons Foundation plans to accept proposals for next years Symposia in the fall, see here.
- If you’re a “renowned physicist”, preferably one with a Nobel prize, then you’re eligible for a trip to financier Jeffrey Epstein’s own Virgin Island, Little Saint James. Epstein (described by Wikipedia as “an American financier and science philanthropist, and convicted sex offender”) a couple weeks ago “Convened a Conference of Nobel Laureates to Define Gravity”, according to this press release from his foundation. The event was organized by Lawrence Krauss, who is quoted as describing the situation as follows:
“Right now we’re floundering,” Krauss admits. “We’re floundering, in a lot of different areas.”