Membership of the International Association of Mathematical Physics

My application to join the International Association of Mathematical Physics (IAMP) was successful. I received a letter via email on the 20th July 2012 stating this. I am now an ordinary member of the IAMP.

The International Association of Mathematical Physics (IAMP) was founded in 1976 in order to promote research in mathematical physics. The Association invites mathematicians and physicists (including students) interested in this goal to become members.

The International Congress of Mathematical Physics (ICMP) is organised by the IAMP, the next congress is in Aalborg, 6-11 August 2012.

Follow this link for more information about joining.




The Higgs boson may have been found

Two experiments at the Large Hadron Collider have reached a level of certainty worthy of a “discovery” with regards to the existence of the Higgs boson. The particle is now believed to have a mass of 125-126 GeV. The confidence level is high according to the scientists involved; 4.9 sigma, which is a 1-in-2 million chance.

The evidence is piling up… everything points in the direction that the Higgs is there.

Prof Stefan Soldner-Rembold, University of Manchester

The ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN presented their latest results in the search for the long-sought Higgs boson. Both experiments have strong indications for the presence of a new particle, which could be the Higgs boson. Further analysis is needed to see if this particle is the Higgs we expect, or something more exotic. A full analysis should be available by the end of July.

Once the details of this new particle are sorted out, we will all be asking about supersymmetry. Will supersymmetry be the next big discovery in physics?


BBC News


Art meets duality and M-theory

As some of you will know, the Newton Institute at Cambridge is ran the programme “The Mathematics and Applications of Branes in String and M-Theory” this year.

Professor Grenville Davey is the artist-in-residence for the duration of this programme.

Grenville Davey’s sculptural work has long been concerned with relationships, familial resemblances and pairs. Through his previous residency at Queen Mary, University of London and in collaboration with Dr. David Berman (a string theorist in Queen Mary’s School of Physics), his current work continues along these lines but is now inspired by notions in T-duality and mirror symmetry in string theory where there are surprising pairings of objects.

On Tuesday 10th July 2012 18:00-19:00, there is an open free public event in which Dr. David Berman and Prof. Grenville Davey will discuss their collaboration.

What is certainly good is that string theory and M-theory has started to permeate culture. Mathematics and physics is part of human culture. Mankind has a drive to understand the workings of the Universe, thus we have science. It is nice to see that string theory has influenced artists. This is rightly so as art should at least in part reflect the society which created it. There has been a lot of effort in understanding strings and branes, rightly or wrongly, and thus it makes sense that artists should take some inspiration here.

One thing is certain, science fiction writers have taken a lot from modern physics, and to some extent the converse is also true. I do not see why we cannot have a similar situation with more traditional art forms like paintings and sculptures.

On a personal note, I would like to try a similar collaboration with an artist myself. Being paid as a mathematical consultant for the role would be great. That said, my wife is a bit of an artist and as such I should make an effort and work on something together. If anything comes of it I will make it known via this blog.


The Newton Institute

The Mathematics and Applications of Branes in String and M-Theory

Q+A session at the Newton Institute

David S Berman’s homepage