Monday, August 02, 2010

2010 Lindau Meeting

The 2010 Lindau meeting took place in the Bavarian town from June 27th through July 2nd. See the
fourty-one 30-minute talks
by the Nobel prize winners including David Gross (talking about the supersymmetry!), Gerardus 't Hooft (general talk about science and wheels), Roy Glauber (about quantum optics), George Smoot (about CMB), and others.

John Timmer just wrote an article for Ars Technica - which I actually consider the best semi-mainstream source of science news on this planet - about SUSY and Gross's talk.

Timmer uses John Ellis as the main source of technical details. Ellis believes that 1 trillion collisions (1% or 2% of an inverse femtobarn) could be enough to see SUSY. That could come by autumn 2010; so far, they have 2x 36 billion or so. Rolf Heuer is comparably optimistic in an interview with BBC, stating that SUSY would likely be found by the LHC before the 2012 shutdown.

Of course, the main arguments for SUSY that Gross mentions remain dark matter, gauge coupling unification, and the hierarchy problem.

If you feel some deja vu, we discussed the Lindau Meeting of 2008 where 50% of the Nobel participants were AGW skeptics.


  1. Besides the good SUSY stuff you should watch the panel conversation with Lee, Rubbia, Schellnhuber, etc. about energy and sustainability and comment on the "Global warming is real" statements (given without factual arguments of course). France's very low CO2/capita due to their nuclear energy use is ignored. Rubbia believes in running out of Uranium besides coal and oil soon ... Looking forward to your post. :).

  2. Oh, thanks, here it is: video 2 of 41.

    What is Schellnhuber doing there? He's not just a person who hasn't won a Nobel prize. He's a dimwit, too.

    Rubbia is likely right that the uranium reserves are only enough for a century of our current electricity consumption.

    Other fission cycles may give you 8,000+ years etc. If that doesn't work, people can still build solar and wind plants if it becomes cheaper than everything else. But it's not cheaper today, by far.

    France's CO2 or real global warming - no comment. Sorry, I won't write a special post about this panel discussion and probably won't watch it in its entirety. It just doesn't look like interesting enough stuff. Lots of stuff that could be exclusively produced by dimwits, too.