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Marni D. Sheppeard

Thursday, November 26, 2009

FFP10 Day 2

On Day 2 of FFP10, John Hartnett spoke about an alternative cosmology that does not require gravitational waves.

In a later, split session on alternative cosmologies, we heard from Robin Booth, who has a concrete prediction for the recently launched Planck: the photon noise for the CMB should be 40 times that predicted by the standard cosmology. Perhaps more on the quasars later.

So by the time it came to the conference dinner, in the extravagant University Club, all participants seemed quite comfortable telling jokes about how many string theorists it takes to change a light bulb.


Anonymous Rob Taylor said...

How many?

November 26, 2009 11:08 PM  
Blogger CarlBrannen said...

10^500 - 1, according to Marni.

I kept out of the discussion, which seemed too much like kicking someone when they're down.

P.S. Our talks went okay. I guess I'll turn mine into a movie by storing up an audio file and publish it on my blog, eventually.

November 27, 2009 1:20 AM  
Blogger Kea said...

Actually, 10^500 + 1 ... so that there exists at least one universe with two string theorists who can discuss light bulbs.

November 27, 2009 1:24 PM  

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