Just made it to Edinburgh for the Atiyah conference. It seems that someone at a local newspaper really wants to get my goat. See the story headlined World’s Great Minds Gather to Celebrate Atiyah’s Birthday.
Update: Will try and write more about the conference soon. At least one string theorist argues for the new name for the index theorem, on the grounds that it is used in string theory. When I get back to Columbia I think I’ll tell my Calculus students about the Taylor string series….