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Saturday, September 23, 2006
Breaking the blogger's block
Life in IISc is never simple. First I have the blogger's block; then there is the IISc blogspot block, which does not let me into my own blog! However, it does let me into blogger and hence this.
I have been reading about lots of things, so I thought I should update this little corner.
Firstly, via Peter Woit the author of Not Even Wrong, the book and the blog, I read about the new web-site set up by Yau where he links us to a letter written by his counsel to those involved in the article on the Perelman business. I was fairly appalled by the way in which the article depicted Yau, undoubtedly a great mathematician. I don't know what legal recourse he has, but he should get back his reputation!
I have also been awfully busy with the course on QM-III that I am teaching. I find that teaching semesters I am about to go crazy most of the time. Trying to balance home, teaching and research is not easy, at least for me! I am using the book by Ryder which is very good. Finally I have got hold of the book by Lahiri and Pal which seems to be very nice indeed. Maybe I will post a review on amazon? Of course I have a huge collection of advanced books, including Weinberg, Sterman, Brown, Itzyson and Zuber and yes, 2 signed copies of Peskin and Schroeder.
As always, I do write elsewhere, and in particular wrote a tough article which is posted on the Lokrajsangathan web-page.
Our submission to Current Science has finally been accepted and we were busy with the proofs and updating the references. I will post a revised version on the arxiv after the article appears in print.
I also try to keep reading the ILC newline and the CERN bulletin to keep abreast of developments in the subject.
I read a small news item about a supernova of 2 solar masses which, of course, violates the Chandrasekhar limit. It is hard to understand how such an animal could have come into being. Perhaps I should see if it has anything to do with 'strange' stars? Comments are welcome.
That is about it for now and blogging will improve only after teaching is done.