Infrequent comments on maths and theoretical physics as seen from the point of view of a lecturer on a finite contract.
Saturday, November 26, 2005
Healthy Scepticism in the Ranks
Yesterday Andreas Recknagel gave our first mathematics colloquium of the year. We heard a very rapid overview of unification, string theory and conformal field theory that finished up with T-duality and mirror symmetry. He even showed us some "strings" he had in his pockets to describe the winding number. The talk was peppered with good humour the first occurred at the outset where he described "the string factory" to us, here are my notes on it:
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