I visited the University of Pennsylvania on Tuesday, and while I was there, Ron Donagi told me about an upcoming conference at UPenn, called “String-Math 2011”. It’s a week-long meeting, June 6-11, with a bunch of exciting people on the visitor list. And it’s the first of a series of such conferences. If you want to know more, the conference webpage is
The early registration deadline is April 2nd.
In other news, like my co-bloggers, I’m teaching a class this semester: Quantum Field Theory for Mathematicians, which aims to explain the basic ideas of quantum field theory through the study of mathematically well-defined examples. In particular, we’re looking to see how Wilson’s “effective field theory” philosophy motivates the rigorous constructions of the path integral measures. I’ve been putting my lecture notes online; you’re welcome to check them out if you’re interested. (There have only been 3 lectures so far; we’re still on preliminary material. However, you can see from the syllabus what I’m hoping to cover.)