Here’s a few new blogs I’ve run across recently:
- The FQXi organization now has a blog called FQXi Community.
- Rantings of an Angry Physicist is not another Not Even Wrong, but an interesting blog so far devoted to explaining what is going on in Steve Carlip’s quantum gravity course.
- The new open access journal PhysMathCentral has a blog. It’s “open access” in the sense that it promises to indefinitely provide free access to published articles. Funding comes from the authors of the articles, who have to come up with an “article processing charge” of around $1500. I’ll be curious to see if this funding model works out, but have my doubts. From what I remember, back in the 1970s, the fact that APS journals were charging authors a similar “Page Charge” fee was one of the reasons why many prominent theorists stopped publishing in the Physical Review and started publishing in commercial journals like Nuclear Physics B, thus entrenching commercial publishers like Elsevier. It’s unclear to me now how many authors will be willing to pay to publish when they can publish for free in other (often commercial) journals.
Robert Bryant, a great geometer in the Cartan-Chern tradition, now at Duke, has accepted the post of next director of MSRI at Berkeley. Robert was here at Columbia recently as a visiting professor, and I think he’s a wonderful choice for leading MSRI.
The Geometry, Topology and Physics Seminar at UCSB has some material from talks there on-line. Last month there was a quite interesting talk by Sergei Gukov on gauge theory and “arithmetic topology”, meaning some analogies between 3-manifold topology and number theory.
For the past few days in Brussels there has been a Solvay workshop on “Gauge Theories, Strings and Geometry” . Talks are available here.
From the Fermilab Steering Group trying to develop a strategic roadmap, there’s a presentation about possibilities for higher energy colliders than the LHC or ILC. Ideas discussed include a doubling of the LHC energy using new 17 Tesla magnets, and a huge proton-proton collider called the VLHC to be built deep underground, in the Chicago area.
Next month in Paris there will be a Smolin/Damour debate about string theory, see Dispute chez les physiciens.
For an interesting article I just ran across about Geoffrey Chew and S-matrix theory during the 1960s, see here.