- The AMS-02 experiment results will be announced tomorrow, 1700 CERN local time, webcast here. The normally reliable Jester says rumor is no dark matter. For this kind of astrophysics news, you should find a site with an expert to interpret the results, I’ll try and provide a link here.
- Weird. The Templeton Prize was supposed to be announced on Thursday, but they’ve changed their announcement to read “April 2013 (exact date to be determined)”. Did someone turn it down or something?
- There’s a very long oral history transcript here of an interesting interview with Joe Polchinski. It covers a lot of ground of the history of what went on in particle theory during an era which included the rise of string/M-theory. The interview took place in 2009, and has a certain amount of “string wars” sort of material, since that was the period when this was winding down. Someone should fix the proper names in the transcript though…
- As part of his Einstein Chair at CUNY, Dennis Sullivan has run a seminar for many, many years, with quite a few interesting speakers. There’s now video online of many of the talks.
- Howard Burton, who was the founding director of the Perimeter Institute now has a multimedia magazine called Ideas Roadshow, with one of the first programs a long interview with Nima Arkani-Hamed (access free for to this if you sign up).
- I keep on finding out about more math blogs worth a look, for instance Chromotopy and DZB’s blog (via Motivic Stuff).
- Eckhard Meinrenken’s book Clifford Algebras and Lie Theory is now out. The book is online here if your institution is paying Springer.
Update: CERN has a press release with the results here.
… these features show evidence of a new physics phenomena.
The exact shape of the spectrum, as shown in Figure 2, extended to higher energies, will ultimately determine whether this spectrum originates from the collision of dark matter particles or from pulsars in the galaxy. The high level of accuracy of this data shows that AMS will soon resolve this issue.
Update: For a summary of the significance of this for dark matter, see Resonaances.
The paper is here. The delay in the public announcement was clearly caused by Ting’s decision, unusual these days, to not submit a preprint to the arXiv when the results were ready, but just quietly submit to a journal (PRL, on March 14th), and say nothing publicly until the paper was accepted and published.
Update: Better (as in free) link for paper.
Update: The Templeton Prize was announced today, April 4: Desmond Tutu.