In my absence there have been a number of exciting papers on E10 and E11, in particular:
The first two demonstrate the very exciting emergence of higher derivative terms very naturally from the large algebra approaches, in the first case for E11 and in the second case for E10. The third paper continues the success of the E10 research teams ability to find fermions in their approach, for which there is as yet no equivalent result for E11.
Enhanced Coset Symmetries and Higher Derivative Corrections by Neil Lambert and Peter West Curvature corrections and Kac-Moody compatibility conditions by Thibault Damour, Amihay Hanany, Marc Henneaux, Axel Kleinschmidt and Hermann Nicolai IIA and IIB spinors from K(E10) by Axel Kleinschmidt and Hermann Nicolai
There have also been numerous great links from the other blogs, via Lubos we have the Horizon episode on Feynman, from which the stories will be very familiar, but it might be nice to see the man himself telling them. Thanks to Peter Woit we have links to all the talks at the recent Eurostings 2006 conference in Cambridge. Of particular interest to those predisposed to very large algebras are,
Since videos and transparancies are available for all talks this conference site is highly recommended, also of interest will be the following talks:
E11 and Ten Forms by Peter West Hidden Symmetries and Fermions in M-Theory by Axel Kleinschmidt
But there are plenty of good talks available here, so go and find out the latest from your favourite stringy research area.
The Quantum Structure of Black Holes by Samir Mathur Singularities, Black Holes, and Attractor Explosions by Eva Silverstein
Also I've noticed two review articles for the E11 approach to M-Theory are now available on the archive. They are both a couple of years old, but worth a look:
Now I have to make sure my thesis is nothing like these reviews...Ho-hum.
Algebraic structures in M-theory by Ling Bao Hidden Symmetry Unmasked: Matrix Theory and E(11) by Shyamoli Chaudhuri
So let's see, things to do: 1. Learn Italian 2. Write-up thesis. So... the first thing I am going to do is fly off to Corsica tomorrow for the Cargese summer school (at much personal sacrifice to my better desires to start writing up!), and internet permitting I'll try and write some blog postcards from there.
I've just checked the weather and tomorrow it's supposed to be 31 Celcius and sunny, which sure beats the grey sheets of rain we had in Greenwich today.