Sunday, July 08, 2018

Away Note

I’ll be in Utrecht next week for the 19th UK and European Conference on Foundations of Physics. August 28th I’ll be in Santa Fe, September 6th in Oslo, September 22nd I’ll be in London for another installment of the HowTheLightGetsIn Festival.

I have been educated that this festival derives its name from Leonard Cohen’s song “Anthem” which features the lines
“Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.”
If you have read my book, the crack metaphor may ring a bell. If you haven’t, you should.

October 3rd I’m in NYC, October 4th I’m in Richmond, Kentucky, and the second week of October I am at the International Book Fair in Frankfurt.

In case our paths cross, please say “Hi” – I’m always happy to meet readers irl.


  1. We welcome you back to the New World, and apologize for not having done better.

    Physics is robust within itself. However, physics likely can be falsified within its own rules by modest effort and small cost, by other sciences that think with different postulates. An emperor is not irl clothed by peer vote.

    Rigorously derived theory remains valid until it is empirically falsified outside itself. Theory is inerrant! Theory says so, and theory is inerrant.

  2. Yeah, I remember first hearing Cohen singing Anthem. That line about light getting in hit me like a hammer (which was dodgy, as I was driving to work :-)).

  3. Dr. Hossenfelder:

    Are you speaking in Richmond KY?

  4. I'm just discovering Leonard Cohen recently. Anthem is definitely a keeper. It's on my playlist now.

    It's a long list ...

    Travel Safely.

    sean s.

  5. one problem is immanent. You are paid only two years, all over not only physics. You turn the wheel painted in new colors, publishing what you are kowing too good. Outcome nothing new. We all doing it.

  6. HR James - Yes, Dr. Hossenfelder will be coming to speak in Eastern Kentucky University's public lecture series, known as Chautauqua, free and open to the public. Full info about her talk the upcoming series have not yet been released, but will be available soon on our website: . If you live in the area, I hope you can make it! - Erik Liddell, EKU Chautauqua Lecture Series Coordinator

    Sabine - my wife is a huge Leonard Cohen fan and loves this song. I can't wait to share that connection with her, and we look forward to hosting your here in October!


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