General Relativity and Gravitation has a special issue on quantum gravity, available here.
Some out-takes from photographs taken for the recent Forbes article are here. You can see what part of my office looks like…
I haven’t regularly been following the TV show Big Bang Theory, which features a main character (Sheldon) inspired by Lubos Motl. Someone who has is Bad Astronomer Phil Plait, who is interviewed here, with the following exchange:
Alan: My geek barometer question for the Big Bang Theory is, Do you ever pause it and look at the board and try to decipher the equations?
PP: I don’t need to pause it, just a quick glance. Actually, it’s all really advanced stuff, like string theory and more. Actually I don’t think it’s string theory because Sheldon said some nasty things about string theory in the past. But I never really understand it. There’s some other things that they’ve got in there that I recognize.
I assume Phil is just confused, but if things have gotten to the point that Sheldon is saying nasty things about string theory, it’s really in trouble…
Physics World has two interesting interviews by Matin Durrani on-line, one with CERN Director General Rolf Heuer, the other with CERN head of communications James Gillies.
One topic discussed by Heuer is CLIC, and CERN’s hope to be the place where the next generation electron-positron collider gets built. Here’s a recent presentation about CLIC’s status. If one were the wildly optimistic sort, one could see R and D on this finished next year, a complete design by 2016, construction starting in 2018 and first beam in 2025.
Even further down the road than CLIC would be a muon collider. Fermilab now has a web-site devoted to the topic.
You might want to keep up with the activities of the Bogdanovs here.
John Hagelin’s Global Financial Capital of New York (or someone they sold to recently) seems to be selling its building, which includes 3 stories configured as luxury apartments. $45,000,000 and it’s all yours. For some more of Hagelin’s activities over the last few years, there’s this.
The New York Times Book Review has a nice review of the recent biography of Dirac I wrote about here, which is now out in the US.
If, unlike Dirac, you prefer your spinors real, there’s a very interesting review article in Nature by Frank Wilczek, entitled Majorana Returns. I hadn’t realized that these things now seem to be finding a place in condensed matter physics and even quantum information processing.