Friday, October 12, 2007

2 PI R

I just spent a fantastic two weeks at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. I've put a photo album of the trip up here:

It was a great experience. I delivered an hour long talk, "An exceptionally simple theory of everything," to a packed seminar room. It went VERY well. The highlight was a tour of the assignment of every elementary particle field of the standard model and gravity to the E8 root system:

Afterwards, L.S. said "It's the most compelling unification model I've ever seen."

So, umm, it's safe to say things are going well. =8-)

The Perimeter Institute is... a serious nerd paradise. There are chalkboards everywhere, with ten physics conversations going on at once throughout the building at any given time. And the food at the Black Hole Bistro was pretty damn good. They also had a foosball table, pool table, and a nice weight room with dust on the machines. Heh. Overall just a great place, full of geeks hard at work. I only wish the building was mobile, so it could hop around the world to Maui or the Rockies for a month here and there, instead of being stuck in the central Canadian winter. Ah well, it's wonderful that a place like this exists at all, wherever it is. I was sad to leave, but happy to head back to Tahoe and C.

For the next few weeks I'll be furiously working on getting a paper out on this new physics, before I have to think about the next talk for the international loop quantum gravity seminar.

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