Here’s a collection of interesting things I’ve run across recently:
A website devoted to Hermann Weyl. The author is a religious sort, but of the good kind.
A movie taken at the 1927 Solvay conference. It is on the website for “The End of the Certain World”, which is a biography of Max Born. I’ve read the book and some of it is interesting, but I have little sympathy for one of its themes, that Born felt he didn’t receive enough recognition for his work (he got his Nobel Prize in 1954, long after many other Nobel prizes were given for quantum mechanics). Frankly I think any physicist like Born who had the incredible luck to be at Gottingen in 1925-26 should have spent the rest of his life thanking his lucky stars and not complaining about his career.
Harvard mathematical physicist Arthur Jaffe has a website. In particular the site has some interesting expository papers, including an autobiographical memoir about the IHES in the early 60s, a survey of constructive quantum field theory, and a work in progress, an introduction to quantum field theory from a rigorous point of view.
There’s a recent lecture by Eric Zaslow on Physics and Mathematics which he gives the supremely ugly name of Physmatics.
Some of the lectures from String Phenomenology 2005 in Munich last week are on-line. Lots of talks about flux vacua and the landscape, nothing that seems to have the remotest connection to physics. For a report from the conference, see Robert Helling’s weblog.
The talks from a conference held at Potsdam in April on Geometry and Physics after 100 years of Einstein’s Relativity are available.
The Bonn Arbeitstagung is a summer conference that was started by Friedrich Hirzebruch in the late fifties, and which often has been the site of announcements of important developments in mathematics. The 2005 Arbeitstagung ended last week and notes from the talks are on-line.
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