Over the past two days, CERN has been hosting a program consisting mostly of talks by Nobel prize winners in high energy physics, under the title 50 Years of Nobel Memories in High Energy Physics. It has been a while since anything Nobel Prize worthy has been discovered in HEP, so the speakers of necessity are all getting on a bit in years. The talks pretty much all seem worth paying attention to. Many of them are now on-line, and of the few I’ve had a chance to look at, the comments by Burt Richter about the ILC/CLIC issue were notable, as well as Veltman’s explanation of the possible significance of not finding a Higgs.
I started watching the webcast towards the end of David Gross’s talk, in time to hear him give his usual praiseworthy defense of physics against anthropic pseudo-science. Weinberg’s talk by video-conference was unfortunately cut short, since he thought it would be an hour long, but it was just scheduled for half an hour.
CERN DG Heuer ended the program by thanking everyone, and looking forward to the first run of LHC collisions at reasonable intensity with the detector magnets on (although only at 450 GeV), which is now scheduled for Saturday.
Update: Videos of the talks are now available here and I’ve watched a few of them. One interesting thing I noticed was Frank Wilczek’s talk about QCD, where his response to a question about AdS/CFT was “I’m not as impressed as I should be.”