- The 19th International Conference on Ultra-Relativistic Nucleus-Nucleus Collisions (QM2006) will be held in Shanghai, China on November 14-20, 2006. For more information, see their website.
- Christine Dantas has deleted most of her blog 'Background Independence'. It makes me very sad to see her go. For explanations, see 'Dantas is missing' at PF, or the comment section at Not Even Wrong. Update: Christine has put up a partial backup of her posts.
- Lee Smolin has a feature article in the November issue of Physics Today, titled 'Quantum Gravity faces Reality'. If you are registered, you can follow this link. It briefly explains attempts to measure effects of, and approaches to quantum gravity (String Theory, LQG, CDT, Spin Networks).
- The Perimeter Institute has finally launched the new websites!! They look great, they work better, and it's even possible to find the seminar you're looking for. Great job :-)
- Tomorrow, Thursday, Nov 9th at 2:00pm EST, there will be an online chat with theoretical physicist Lisa Randall at discover.com . Update: In case you have also wondered how this will work, see the email below.
- Lee Smolin has written a letter to friends and colleagues, regarding the ongoing discussion about his book. You find the letter on the website The Trouble with Physics.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Amos Kenigsberg" akenigsberg[@]discover.com
To: "Sabine Hossenfelder" sabine[@]perimeterinstitute.ca
Sent: Wednesday, November 08, 2006 7:02 PM
Subject: RE: One last thing
Dear Dr. Hossenfelder,
I'm the editor of Discover.com, and I'll be moderating the chat on Thursday. The event is going to be a real-time, online, text-based chat, with Lisa Randall as the guest and people interested in physics -- scientists and non-scientists -- as the audience. The chat will be on theoretical physics, centered around Lisa Randall's take on the field, and it will last for an hour.
At the beginning of the chat, I'm going to ask a few questions of Prof. Randall, and then we'll take questions from audience members. (I'll select the questions to make sure there's nothing offensive, way off-topic, or really dumb.) Anyone is welcome to comment and ask questions, but we want to keep things civil and generally accessible for lay people interested in science. Arguments with Randall's positions are perfectly welcome.
As for the technical side, chat readers and participants will need to have Java-enabled browsers. A regular household broadband connection would be great, and I'm not sure, but a dial-up connection might work fine, too. To enter the room, visitors will need to click on the button on this page:
Please let me know if you need to know anything else, and I hope to see you and your readers at the chat.
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