December 12, 2005

December 12

Just a few quotes from recent weeks' blogosphere.

Peter Woit:
Weinberg Goes Anthropic
November 4th, 2005

The Cosmic Landscape
December 7th, 2005
Susskind’s new book, The Cosmic Landscape: String Theory and the Illusion of Intelligent Design is now out.

David Gross Admits String Theory is in Trouble
December 9th, 2005

Jacques Distler:
Exotic Instanton Effects
December 09, 2005

I’ve been reading the recent Beasley-Witten paper on (new) instanton effects in string theory.

Lubos Motl:
Utter confusion
December 09, 2005

David Gross has not only organized the prestigious Solvay conference but he also summarized it by the following words published in one article and second article in New Scientist:
  • We don't know what we're talking about
  • We are much like the physicists in 1911 who did not understand radioactivity
  • We are missing perhaps something as profound as they were back then
  • The field is in a period of utter confusion
Peter Woit:
Wilczek Goes Anthropic
December 12th, 2005