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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Jordan M Theory

Baez decided to learn M Theory, and asked for some hints on how the exceptional Jordan algebra might appear in an $11$ dimensional theory, prompting some helpful advice from two people named Lubos and Kea. The whole conversation was of course quickly deleted, although I don't recall it containing any direct personal insults. Anyway, here is a fresh link to kneemo's blog, who I am quite sure knows far more about this question than anybody else.


Anonymous PhilG said...

Me too. I got called stupid and dishonest just for asking an innocent question. Actually, on the Lumo scale of insults those are almost complements so I shan't worry.

June 17, 2009 12:24 AM  
Blogger Daniel de França MTd2 said...

Yeah, but not everyone has the patience to listen the information from someone when feeling insulted.

June 17, 2009 12:51 AM  
Blogger Kea said...

The sign of a good scientist is somebody who can listen to ideas without worrying too much about the words being used. Don't worry, I fully appreciate that Lubos is a relatively honest guy - and I might even start reading some of his twistor string papers.

June 17, 2009 1:08 AM  
Blogger Mahndisa S. Rigmaiden said...

One day he will get his commupance. And Kea is right, sometimes we should listen to the message irrespective of the messenger.

June 18, 2009 8:20 PM  
Blogger Daniel de França MTd2 said...

Kea, Jacques Distler answered nicely your last observation. I'd like to see your comment.

June 18, 2009 11:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


The comment by Professor Jacques Distler begins:

"Kea is right about one thing."

Can that be proved topologically equivalent to the statement:

"Kea is wrong about everything with one exception."

If it can, then he is making a very big claim, and should have evidence to back it up. More likely, it's just his slightly biased personality coming across, and Kea should be grateful to have someone who works in the same department as Steven Weinberg making such a comment.

June 21, 2009 12:13 PM  

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