God only made so many perfect heads, the rest he covered with hair.
That's A. Garrett Lisi, rogue and independent PhD. in Physics, whose particular theory of E8, "An Exceptionally Simple Theory of Everything," is the most-downloaded arXiv preprint paper in High Energy Physics-Theory (hep-th) history. The title is a pun on the algebra used, the Lie algebra of the largest "simple," "exceptional" Lie group, E8.
Well, guess what? He has a followup: An Explicit Embedding of Gravity and the Standard Model in E8, and like his first preprint mentioned above, it's being attacked by U. Texas Physicist Jacques Distler and his frequent co-author, Emory U. Mathematician Skip Garabaldi.
Skip is quoted at Science Daily in an article attacking Lisi's theory, here.
Garabaldi will be giving a talk at a workshop in Banff, Alberta this week, here. Lisi will be in attendance and no, Skip is not there to praise Lisi's theory, but to bury it. (Sort of a reverse Mark Antony speech thing.)
Dr. Distler runs one of the oldest and most respected Science blogs, Musings. His attack on Lisi's latest paper can be found, here.
I'm not sure what to make of all this except, more drama! I'm certainly not qualified (yet) to discuss the math. I also don't know any of the three principles nearly as well as I'd like to, to comment on the personalities involved. I will say that Jacques shuts Lubos Motl the hell up harder than usual, and bans him from his weblog, in this article at Musings. Go straight to the bottom of the replies section and watch a professional spanking of Lubos, by someone in his own field!
Stay tuned, and a happy 4th of July to my fellow Americans, including Drs. Lisi, Distler (who started out as a Canadian, that's fine, he lives here now) and Garabaldi.
1. unable to read,
I could abide 2 out of the 3, but not all 3.
Your posting privileges here are at an end.
... Jacques Distler
That was Distler's response to this little prose by The Dali Motl:
Why don’t you apply the same complaint against the conventional Euclidean signature of the worldsheets …
Your homework about the RR scattering is trivial …
You behave as dishonestly as Peter Woit …
... Lubos Motl