Because of the book, people have contacted me with various requests to do one sort of event or another, and I’ve agreed to do a few of these. Here’s a list in case any readers of the blog are interested in showing up and saying hello:

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16 Responses to Events

  1. anon says:

    Very prudent not to do a book signing at Harvard or Stanford 🙂

  2. Alejandro Rivero says:

    Princeton seems risky enough to me 😀

    Btw, Peter, if during your signing tours you are pressed by Squarers of the Circle and they have some kind of formulae beyond 1% experimental agreement, remember I collect such, do not hesitate to pass them my email (sounds as a good excuse to get free of them, too).

  3. Peter Woit says:

    I encourage people with the kinds of interest Alejandro describes to, in the interest of efficiency, bypass me and contact him directly…

  4. anthropologist says:

    The book signing on Monday sounds like it could be worth attending. Is that gonna be just about the book, or other things as well that have transpired since that time?

  5. Peter Woit says:


    I’ll probably be talking a bit about what’s in the book, but mainly about how the book came to be and what is going on now. Also, it depends a lot on the audience. I’ll try and discuss whatever they seem most interested in.

  6. M says:

    for Alejandro from M-theory: g2^2 = sinThetaW cosThetaW

  7. luke says:

    so atheists are against strings

  8. Who says:

    luke: so atheists are against strings

    I expect you’re joking, and it’s ridiculous to generalize that broadly but
    to make the obvious point: it is also possible that atheists are
    interested in knowing how things actually are and want
    to make up their own minds about it.

    Peter’s book was #3 on the UK amazon physics bestseller list this morning
    when I looked just now. It often is near top among all physics books, still after being out in UK market for over five months. The book clearly has sales potential and should be worth doing some talks and signings to promote.

  9. Alejandro Rivero says:

    to M:
    :-DDD. Nah, you probably mean the criteria in formulae (10.6) of the pgd review.

    But indeed if someone likes to indulge in such games, email directly me, not to Peter, at al.rivero in my account.

  10. Thomas Love says:

    Recieved a mailing from Scientific American Book Club which has NEW on the list of available books. TWP was in last month’s mailer.
    It is cheaper than what I paid, but I’ve already read it so the extra money was worth it.

  11. M says:

    maybe sW cW = g2^2 seems too good to be true, but has nothing to do with the usual definition of the weak angle as function of the ratio g2/g1 (reexpressed in (10.6) of PDG in terms of observables).

    To avoid that this gets deleted as off-topic numerology, let me try a strategy that was quite successful in the old good pre-Woit era:

    The prediction sW cW = g2^2 is conjectured to result (in the Neveu-Ramond twisted formalism) from the Suguwara-Witten affine Lie algebra developed by generalized super-M theory compactified on toric varieties of weighted complex projective spaces associated with reflexive polyhedra.

  12. Hi Peter,

    as far as events are concerned: I’m sure you know this already, but just in case you don’t, there is a online chat with Lisa Randall next Thursday 11/9 at 2pm,
    “and the focus is string theory. Your insights would be valuable to this dialogue” recites the email I just got from a Coco Ballantyne, inviting me to participate.

    Can’t help laughing at my “insight” into string theory. But I will give the chat a look!


  13. Peter Woit says:


    I got the same e-mail. Not sure if I’ll have time to tune into this, we’ll see.

  14. whoman says:

    I’m a memeber and at last they have your book in the club magazine. Below are the last two lines of the magazine review:
    “String theorists, who have invested most of their careers to the topic, are loath to abandon it – and some have criticized Woit in distinctly unprofessional terms.”
    “In the face of many books from enthusiasts for string theory, NOT EVEN WRONG presents the other side of the story.”

    Of course I have put in my order.

  15. Thomas says:


    after reading your great book, it is absolut clear that string theory is a religion, with the “flying string monster”, formerly known as flying spaghetti monster (, as their good 😉


  16. Thomas Larsson says:

    The previous poster is not me. Aren’t family names meant to be used?

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