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Sep6-12, 06:53 PM
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Spot check on the year's publications of 6 September (250/366)
148 annualized from 101 found
789 annualized from 539 found
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Here are some 2012 first-time faculty hires (Loop-and-allied community) and some postdoc/fellowship news giving some idea of the career prospects currently.
http://sites.google.com/site/grqcrumourmill/

==quote==
2012 Postdoc Positions:
...
Cambridge U., DAMTP (philosophy of cosmology) - Offer to: David Sloan (Utrecht; accepted)
...
Louisana State U. (loop quantum gravity & cosmology) - Offer to: Edward Wilson-Ewing (Marseille; accepted)

Penn State U. (Fundamental Gravitational Theory, GR/QC) - Offer to: Yasha Neiman (Tel Aviv; accepted), Thomas Cailleteau (LPSC, Grenoble; accepted), Marc Geiller (APC, Paris; accepted), Norbert Bodendorfer (Erlangen - Nuremberg U.)

Perimeter Institute (quantum gravity, cosmology, ...) - Offer to: Flavio Mercati (Zaragoza), Philipp Höhn (Utrecht; accepted), Ryszard Kostecki (Warsaw; accepted)
...
Warsaw U. (loop quantum gravity) - Offer to: Emanuele Alesci (Erlangen; accepted)

2012 External Fellowships:

Francesca Vidotto Grenoble -> Utrecht (Rubicon Fellowship)
William Nelson Penn State U. -> Nijmegen (Marie Curie)
Muxin Han Marseille -> Marseille (Marie Curie)

2012 Tenure Track/Faculty Positions:
...
Hanno Sahlmann APCTP, Pohang -> Erlangen - Nuremberg U. (faculty)
James Ryan Potsdam, Max Planck Inst. -> UNAM, Mexico (tenure track) - declined
Razvan Gurau Perimeter Inst. -> CNRS, France (research position)
Leonardo Modesto Perimeter Inst. -> Fudan U., Shanghai (faculty)
==endquote==


Early universe phenomenology links:

This gets (desy key) LQG and LQC papers that mostly have to do with pheno, i.e. with prospects/opportunities for TESTING, in one way or another.
http://www-library.desy.de/cgi-bin/s...tecount%28d%29
This ranks by cites and currently gets 113 papers. It was slow just now, had to wait some 30 seconds.

Let's restrict to ones that appeared 2009 or later:
http://www-library.desy.de/cgi-bin/s...tecount%28d%29
As of today this gets 63 papers. Again they are ranked by cites.
Here is the same search but without ordering by citecount:
http://www-library.desy.de/cgi-bin/s...ENCE=ds%28d%29

It worked immediately. But here's a reduced version just in case a hitch develops:
http://www-library.desy.de/cgi-bin/s...UNT(D)&SKIP=25


Links:
http://inspirehep.net/search?ln=en&a...=25&sc=0&of=hb
http://sites.google.com/site/grqcrumourmill/
http://particle.physics.ucdavis.edu/rumor/doku.php
http://www.calendardate.com/todays.htm
http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/String_Theory
Schools, Conference sessions, Recorded Talks:
http://www.perimeterinstitute.ca/en/...s_13/Loops_13/
http://physics.bnu.edu.cn/summerschool/en/index.php
http://pirsa.org/
http://relativity.phys.lsu.edu/ilqgs/
Popular Higgs explanations:
http://www.physics.org/toplistdetail.asp?id=28
CERN Christmas party 2006:
http://resonaances.blogspot.com/2007...n-th-2007.html
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Sep14-12, 02:47 PM
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There was a surge of multiverse book sales that started in September 2010. This may have eased off some. For brevity I'm only recording midmonth salesrank averages for March, July, November so the September ratings are just a temporary check to see how things are going and will be discarded.
Midmonth averages of string topfive salesranks
(recorded at Pacific noon on several days around the 15th of each month)
...
July 2009           6485
November 2009         NA
March 2010          7521
July 2010           8461
November 2010       2220
March 2011           349
July 2011           1257
November 2011       1243
March 2012          3235 
July 2012           2359
14 September     7886 (temporary spot check)
15 September       ...... 
16 September      ........
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Sep16-12, 12:37 PM
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One way to get an idea of what is going on in a research field is to look at how the programs of the main international conferences in that field are shaping up. It gives an idea of what the organizers think their research community is interested in, and where they think the important developments are occurring. For Quantum Relativists one such is the triennial "GR" conference. The next occurrence will be "GR20" in Warsaw July 2013. The invitation to GR20 just appeared this month and there is descriptive online material. Here is the list of parallel sessions.

http://gr20-amaldi10.edu.pl/index.php?id=18

Parallel sessions: Title (Chairpersons)
A1: Exact solutions and their interpretation (J. Bicak, J. Tafel)
A2: Mathematical relativity and other progress in classical gravity theory (P. Chrusciel)
A3: Modified gravity theories (P. Horava)
A4: Complex and conformal methods in classical and quantum gravity (M. Dunajski)
B1: Relativistic astrophysics (C. Miller, I. Mandel)
B2: Numerical relativity and astrophysical applications (N. Padmanabhan)
B3: Numerical relativity--methods, theoretical gravity and high energy applications (D. Garfinkle)
B4: Analytic approximations, perturbation theory, effective field theory methods and their applications (V. Cardoso, R. Porto)
B5: Observational cosmology (L. Verde)
B6: Theoretical/mathematical cosmology (R. Durrer)
C5: Experimental gravitation (J. Mueller, C. Laemmerzahl)
D1: Loop quantum gravity and spin foams (T. Pawlowski, B. Dittrich)
D2: Strings, branes and M-theory (R. Gopakumar)
D3: Causal sets, causal dynamical triangulations, non-commutative geometry,
and other approaches to quantum gravity (J. Jurkiewicz)
D4: Quantum fields in curved space-time, semiclassical gravity, quantum gravity phenomenology,
and analog models (C. Fewster, S. Liberati)
================
Time permitting, I'll get a midmonth average for September around noon today. Yes, time did permit:
The top five stringy books at noon 16 September (e-fabric, e-elegant, grand, e-grand, hidden) ranked
3811+4313+5725+7351+7922 for an average of 5824
The 2-year multiverse craze in the pop-string market that began in September 2010 does seem to have eased off.
Pre-multiverse stringy favorites (such as Elegant and Fabric) are coming back up the list and supplanting the recent more multiversy Grand Design and Hidden Reality.
14 September     7886 
15 September       7778 
16 September      5824
The midmonth average comes out 7163
Midmonth averages of string topfive salesranks
(recorded at Pacific noon on several days around the 15th of each month)
...
July 2009           6485
November 2009         NA
March 2010          7521
July 2010           8461
November 2010       2220
March 2011           349
July 2011           1257
November 2011       1243
March 2012          3235 
July 2012           2359
September 2012      7163
For brevity, only the March, July, November readings will be retained.

Links:
http://inspirehep.net/search?ln=en&a...=25&sc=0&of=hb
http://sites.google.com/site/grqcrumourmill/
http://particle.physics.ucdavis.edu/rumor/doku.php
http://www.calendardate.com/todays.htm
http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/String_Theory
Schools, Conference sessions, Recorded Talks:
http://www.perimeterinstitute.ca/en/...s_13/Loops_13/
http://gr20-amaldi10.edu.pl/index.php?id=18
http://www.perimeterinstitute.ca/en/...he_hard_facts/
http://physics.bnu.edu.cn/summerschool/en/index.php
http://pirsa.org/
http://relativity.phys.lsu.edu/ilqgs/
Popular Higgs explanations:
http://www.physics.org/toplistdetail.asp?id=28
CERN Christmas party 2006:
http://resonaances.blogspot.com/2007...n-th-2007.html
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Sep18-12, 03:44 PM
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Notice that at the triennial GR conference "GR20" to be held next year in Warsaw, a plenary talk will by given by Thomas Thiemann titled "Loop Quantum Gravity - soluble theories of quantum gravity"

Last time I checked research posting rates was 1 September, so I'll update. For comparison with research posting rates in past years, from the indicated Inspire database searches, here are annualized figures for 2012,
updated as of 18 September = 262/366.

LOOP RESEARCH BY YEAR (loop quantum gravity, loop quantum cosmology, spin foam)
2006 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&...=25&sc=0&of=hb (77 found)
2007 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&...=25&sc=0&of=hb (120 found)
2008 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&...=25&sc=0&of=hb (142 found)
2009 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&...=25&sc=0&of=hb (144 found)
2010 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&...=25&sc=0&of=hb (151 found)
2011 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&...=25&sc=0&of=hb (215 found)
2012 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&...=25&sc=0&of=hb (148 annualized from 106 found)

STRING,MEMBRANE,AdS/CFT RESEARCH BY YEAR
(search terms "string model", "membrane model" and "AdS/CFT correspondence")
2006 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&...=10&sc=0&of=hb (1029 found)
2007 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&...=10&sc=0&of=hb (1048 found)
2008 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&...=10&sc=0&of=hb (1132 found)
2009 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&...=10&sc=0&of=hb (1207 found)
2010 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&...=10&sc=0&of=hb (1055 found)
2011 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&...=10&sc=0&of=hb (1105 found)
2012 http://inspirehep.net/search?ln=en&a...=10&sc=0&of=hb (784 annualized from 561 found)
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Sep28-12, 04:37 PM
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Some talk titles and abstracts are now posted for the October conference at Perimeter called "Experimental Search for Quantum Gravity"
http://www.perimeterinstitute.ca/Eve..._QG/Abstracts/

Spot check of pop string book market as of midday 28 September: the top five (fabric, grand, e-elegant, hidden, e-grand) ranked 6035, 6955, 7852, 10001, 10552 for an average of 8224. Multiverse craze at least temporarily eased off, it seems, and salesrank standings back up around the pre-September 2010 levels.

Another check of research posting rates, as of 28 September. For comparison with rates in past years, here are annualized figures for 2012 from the indicated Inspire database searches.
28 September = 272/366.

LOOP RESEARCH BY YEAR (loop quantum gravity, loop quantum cosmology, spin foam)
2006 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&...=25&sc=0&of=hb (77 found)
2007 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&...=25&sc=0&of=hb (120 found)
2008 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&...=25&sc=0&of=hb (142 found)
2009 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&...=25&sc=0&of=hb (143 found)
2010 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&...=25&sc=0&of=hb (151 found)
2011 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&...=25&sc=0&of=hb (215 found)
2012 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&...=25&sc=0&of=hb (152 annualized from 113 found)

STRING,MEMBRANE,AdS/CFT RESEARCH BY YEAR
(search terms "string model", "membrane model" and "AdS/CFT correspondence")
2006 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&...=10&sc=0&of=hb (1029 found)
2007 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&...=10&sc=0&of=hb (1048 found)
2008 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&...=10&sc=0&of=hb (1131 found)
2009 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&...=10&sc=0&of=hb (1207 found)
2010 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&...=10&sc=0&of=hb (1062 found)
2011 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&...=10&sc=0&of=hb (1106 found)
2012 http://inspirehep.net/search?ln=en&a...=10&sc=0&of=hb (791 annualized from 588 found)

For nearly the whole month of November there will be a workshop in Stockholm on Early Universe Cosmology. It runs 5-30 November at NORDITA.
http://agenda.albanova.se/conference...py?confId=2998
There are four organizers: Bojowald, Giesel, Hossenfelder, Sakellariadou. These are familiar names to anyone who follows research in LQG, LQC, and QG phenomenology.

Here is the participants list:
http://agenda.albanova.se/confRegist...st?confId=2998
A sampling of names from the list includes:
Prof. BRANDENBERGER, Robert
Dr. CALCAGNI, Gianluca
Prof. KIEFER, Claus
Prof. LEWANDOWSKI, Jerzy
Prof. MAVROMATOS, Nikolaos
Prof. NELSON, Will
Dr. STEINACKER, Harold
Prof. SZYDLOWSKI, Marek
Prof. THIEMANN, Thomas
Dr. VIDOTTO, Francesca
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Sep29-12, 12:49 PM
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This link gives an historical overview of first-time faculty hires for HEP-theory in Usa and Canada since around 1994
http://www.physics.utoronto.ca/~poppitz/Jobs94-08
It has been updated through 2011 and presumably will be updated to cover 2012 now that hiring is complete for the year.
For several months I haven't done a simple check of Quantum Cosmology papers (DESY keyword) that have appeared since 2008, a convenient cutoff. That is in 2009 or later. Here goes:
http://www-library.desy.de/cgi-bin/s...tecount%28d%29
The first time I tried this today it worked and found 370 some papers ranked by cite-count. Subsequently the link would not work, but then did so later in the day.
Here's a link to papers relevant to testing bounce cosmology models--what kind of traces to look for in the Cosmic Microwave Background. The papers are 2009 or later, the search currently finds 64:
http://www-library.desy.de/cgi-bin/s...tecount%28d%29

Links:
http://inspirehep.net/search?ln=en&a...=25&sc=0&of=hb
http://sites.google.com/site/grqcrumourmill/
http://particle.physics.ucdavis.edu/rumor/doku.php
http://www.calendardate.com/todays.htm
http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/String_Theory
Schools, Conference sessions, Recorded Talks:
http://www.perimeterinstitute.ca/en/...s_13/Loops_13/
http://gr20-amaldi10.edu.pl/index.php?id=18
http://www.perimeterinstitute.ca/en/...he_hard_facts/
http://physics.bnu.edu.cn/summerschool/en/index.php
http://pirsa.org/
http://relativity.phys.lsu.edu/ilqgs/
Popular Higgs explanations:
http://www.physics.org/toplistdetail.asp?id=28
CERN Christmas party 2006:
http://resonaances.blogspot.com/2007...n-th-2007.html
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Oct11-12, 01:36 PM
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An interesting conference at Perimeter starts in about 10 days from now. Video of the talks is expected to be available online. The conference will bring Loop and other non-string QG researchers together with some String folk. I think this is a new trend. Getting different sects and persuasions together and talking to each other. So it is part of the sociology that we are watching.

Experimental Search for Quantum Gravity: the Hard Facts
http://www.perimeterinstitute.ca/en/...he_hard_facts/
60 participants listed--nice mix of AsymSafeQG, LoopQG, observatory and lab QG, String...:
http://www.perimeterinstitute.ca/Eve.../Participants/
Schedule:
http://www.perimeterinstitute.ca/Eve...r_QG/Schedule/
Abstracts:
http://www.perimeterinstitute.ca/Eve...r_QG/Schedule/

Last check of research posting rates was 2 weeks ago. Lets see how it looks as of 11 October. For comparison with rates in past years, the 2012 figures are annualized, based on the same Inspire database searches.
11 October = 285/366.

LOOP RESEARCH BY YEAR (loop quantum gravity, loop quantum cosmology, spin foam)
2006 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&...=25&sc=0&of=hb (77 found)
2007 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&...=25&sc=0&of=hb (120 found)
2008 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&...=25&sc=0&of=hb (142 found)
2009 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&...=25&sc=0&of=hb (143 found)
2010 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&...=25&sc=0&of=hb (151 found)
2011 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&...=25&sc=0&of=hb (215 found)
2012 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&...=25&sc=0&of=hb (153 annualized from 119 found)

STRING,MEMBRANE,AdS/CFT RESEARCH BY YEAR
(search terms "string model", "membrane model" and "AdS/CFT correspondence")
2006 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&...=10&sc=0&of=hb (1029 found)
2007 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&...=10&sc=0&of=hb (1048 found)
2008 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&...=10&sc=0&of=hb (1131 found)
2009 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&...=10&sc=0&of=hb (1207 found)
2010 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&...=10&sc=0&of=hb (1063 found)
2011 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&...=10&sc=0&of=hb (1106 found)
2012 http://inspirehep.net/search?ln=en&a...=10&sc=0&of=hb (789 annualized from 614 found)

Reminder: for nearly the whole month of November there will be a workshop in Stockholm on Early Universe Cosmology. It runs 5-30 November at NORDITA. It shows a similar "ecumenical" trend to the Perimeter Experimental Search for QG conference this month in the sense that it is drawing together people from a fairly broad range of QG approaches, including some String folks. Getting different tribes of researchers into conversation.
http://agenda.albanova.se/conference...py?confId=2998

Faculty hiring for 2012 is unchanged from last report, and seems complete. The particle theory job picture for this year (Usa + Canada, first-time faculty positions) is the same as it was 8 June, four months ago. Twelve HEP theorists got offers, of whom one was a string theorist.

Annual first time faculty hires in theoretical particle physics (Usa + Canada)
(Up through 2010, the rates are averaged over 3 years intervals.)
period          1999-2001   2002-2004   2005-2007   2008-2010  2011   2012
HEP theory hires   18         24          23          13        11     12
string hires        9          8           6           2         1      1
The source used for 2012 estimates: http://particle.physics.ucdavis.edu/rumor/doku.php
Source for previous years: http://www.physics.utoronto.ca/~poppitz/Jobs94-08

Around noon on 11 October the top five stringy books (e-elegent, grand, hidden, fabric, parallel) ranked 4481, 4962, 6363, 6775, 8313 for an average of 7179.
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Oct12-12, 03:14 PM
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At noon Pacific 12 October the stringy top five (grand, e-elegant, hidden, fabric, elegant) ranked 4305+6110+7810+8372+8749 for an average of 7069.
For a look at this index over time:
Midmonth averages of string topfive salesranks
(recorded at Pacific noon on several days around the 15th of each month)
...
July 2009           6485
November 2009         NA
March 2010          7521
July 2010           8461
November 2010       2220
March 2011           349
July 2011           1257
November 2011       1243
March 2012          3235 
July 2012           2359
September 2012      7163 
11 October          7179
12 October          7069
....
For brevity, only the March, July, November readings will be retained. It looks like the multiverse craze lasted just about 2 years, from September 2010 through August 2012. It could of course revive, however for the time being 3 of the top five tend to be "pre-craze" and only two (grand design and hidden reality) are primarily multiverse books.
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At noon Pacific 15 October the pop-string topfive (hidden, grand, e-elegant, elegant, h-hidden) ranked 5537+6800+7071+9847+10256 for an average of 7902
...
September 2012      7163 
11 October          7179
12 October          7069
13 October          7604
14 October          5620
15 October          7902
16 October          .....    
17 October          .....    
18 October          .....         
....
Links:
http://inspirehep.net/search?ln=en&a...=25&sc=0&of=hb
http://sites.google.com/site/grqcrumourmill/
http://particle.physics.ucdavis.edu/rumor/doku.php
http://www.calendardate.com/todays.htm
http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/String_Theory
Schools, Conference sessions, Recorded Talks:
http://www.perimeterinstitute.ca/en/...s_13/Loops_13/
http://gr20-amaldi10.edu.pl/index.php?id=18
http://www.perimeterinstitute.ca/en/...he_hard_facts/
http://agenda.albanova.se/conference...py?confId=2998
http://physics.bnu.edu.cn/summerschool/en/index.php
Beijing: http://physics.bnu.edu.cn/summerscho..._news.php?id=8
Tianjin: http://physicsforums.com/showthread....51#post4048751
Prague: http://ae100prg.mff.cuni.cz/abstracts
http://pirsa.org/
http://relativity.phys.lsu.edu/ilqgs/
Popular Higgs explanations:
http://www.physics.org/toplistdetail.asp?id=28
CERN Christmas party 2006:
http://resonaances.blogspot.com/2007...n-th-2007.html[/QUOTE]
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Oct18-12, 12:59 PM
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Midmonth pop-string salesrank index for October:
(7069+7604+5620+7902+7567+6815+8481)/7 = 7294
Midmonth averages of string topfive salesranks
(recorded at Pacific noon on several days around the 15th of each month)
...
July 2009           6485
November 2009         NA
March 2010          7521
July 2010           8461
November 2010       2220
March 2011           349
July 2011           1257
November 2011       1243
March 2012          3235 
July 2012           2359
September 2012      7163 
October 2012        7294


12 October          7069
13 October          7604
14 October          5620
15 October          7902
16 October          7567
17 October          6815  
18 October          8481
Eventually for brevity only March, July, November readings will be retained. An interesting change occurred between July and September 2012. The index, which had been down for two years (starting September 2010) jumped back up to previous levels.

As a sample, at noon 18 October the stringy top five on Amazon physics bestseller list were grand, hidden, e-elegant, fabric, e-grand, with average salesrank (6469+7260+8965+9309+10400)/5 = 8481

Last check of research posting rates was one week ago. Here's how it looks as of 18 October. For comparison with rates in past years, the 2012 figures are annualized, based on the same Inspire database searches.
18 October = 292/366.

LOOP RESEARCH BY YEAR (loop quantum gravity, loop quantum cosmology, spin foam)
2006 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&...=25&sc=0&of=hb (77 found)
2007 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&...=25&sc=0&of=hb (120 found)
2008 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&...=25&sc=0&of=hb (142 found)
2009 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&...=25&sc=0&of=hb (143 found)
2010 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&...=25&sc=0&of=hb (151 found)
2011 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&...=25&sc=0&of=hb (215 found)
2012 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&...=25&sc=0&of=hb (153 annualized from 122 found)

STRING,MEMBRANE,AdS/CFT RESEARCH BY YEAR
(search terms "string model", "membrane model" and "AdS/CFT correspondence")
2006 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&...=10&sc=0&of=hb (1029 found)
2007 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&...=10&sc=0&of=hb (1048 found)
2008 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&...=10&sc=0&of=hb (1131 found)
2009 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&...=10&sc=0&of=hb (1207 found)
2010 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&...=10&sc=0&of=hb (1063 found)
2011 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&...=10&sc=0&of=hb (1106 found)
2012 http://inspirehep.net/search?ln=en&a...=10&sc=0&of=hb (786 annualized from 627 found)
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Oct30-12, 01:46 PM
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In the indices we watch, there has been little change over the past two weeks. Here's how two research posting rates look as of 30 October = 304/366

(loop quantum gravity, loop quantum cosmology, spin foam)
2012 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&...=25&sc=0&of=hb (154 annualized from 128 found)

(search terms "string model", "membrane model" and "AdS/CFT correspondence")
2012 http://inspirehep.net/search?ln=en&a...=10&sc=0&of=hb (784 annualized from 651 found)


Links:
http://inspirehep.net/search?ln=en&a...=25&sc=0&of=hb
http://sites.google.com/site/grqcrumourmill/
http://particle.physics.ucdavis.edu/rumor/doku.php
http://www.physics.utoronto.ca/~poppitz/Jobs94-08
http://www.calendardate.com/todays.htm
http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/String_Theory
Schools, Conference sessions, Recorded Talks:
http://www.perimeterinstitute.ca/en/...s_13/Loops_13/
http://gr20-amaldi10.edu.pl/index.php?id=18
http://www.perimeterinstitute.ca/en/...he_hard_facts/
http://agenda.albanova.se/conference...py?confId=2998
http://physics.bnu.edu.cn/summerschool/en/index.php
Beijing: http://physics.bnu.edu.cn/summerscho..._news.php?id=8
Tianjin: http://physicsforums.com/showthread....51#post4048751
Prague: http://ae100prg.mff.cuni.cz/abstracts
http://pirsa.org/
http://relativity.phys.lsu.edu/ilqgs/
Popular Higgs explanations:
http://www.physics.org/toplistdetail.asp?id=28
CERN Christmas party 2006:
http://resonaances.blogspot.com/2007...n-th-2007.html
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Research posting rates as of 4 November = 309/366. For comparison with rates in past years, the 2012 figures are annualized, based on the same Inspire database searches.


LOOP RESEARCH BY YEAR (loop quantum gravity, loop quantum cosmology, spin foam)
2006 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&...=25&sc=0&of=hb (77 found)
2007 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&...=25&sc=0&of=hb (120 found)
2008 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&...=25&sc=0&of=hb (142 found)
2009 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&...=25&sc=0&of=hb (143 found)
2010 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&...=25&sc=0&of=hb (151 found)
2011 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&...=25&sc=0&of=hb (215 found)
2012 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&...=25&sc=0&of=hb (159 annualized from 134 found)

STRING,MEMBRANE,AdS/CFT RESEARCH BY YEAR
(search terms "string model", "membrane model" and "AdS/CFT correspondence")
2006 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&...=10&sc=0&of=hb (1029 found)
2007 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&...=10&sc=0&of=hb (1048 found)
2008 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&...=10&sc=0&of=hb (1131 found)
2009 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&...=10&sc=0&of=hb (1211 found)
2010 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&...=10&sc=0&of=hb (1073 found)
2011 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&...=10&sc=0&of=hb (1107 found)
2012 http://inspirehep.net/search?ln=en&a...=10&sc=0&of=hb (810 annualized from 684 found)
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2012 publication rates as per the above Inspire search records, as of 12 November.
for loop: 158 annualized from 137 found
and for string/M/AdSCFT: 821 annualized from 711 found.
In the popular market at noon 12 November the stringy top five (e-elegant,grand,hidden,elegant,fabric) ranked 5098, 6979, 7371, 7843, 8021 for an average of 7062.
Incidentally as I recall the e-edition of Trouble with Physics was number one Amazon bestseller from 15 September to 2 November, mainly due to temporary special price and has now (at regular price) gone down to #6 or #7 on the list.
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Setting up for the midmonth stringy salesrank average
Midmonth averages of string topfive salesranks
(recorded at Pacific noon on several days around the 15th of each month)
...
July 2009           6485
November 2009         NA
March 2010          7521
July 2010           8461
November 2010       2220
March 2011           349
July 2011           1257
November 2011       1243
March 2012          3235 
July 2012           2359
(September 2012     7163)
(October 2012       7294)

13 November         8578
14 November         ....
15 November         ....
16 November         ....
17 November         ....
Eventually for brevity only March, July, November readings will be retained. An interesting change occurred between July and September 2012. The index, which had been down for two years (starting September 2010) jumped back up to previous levels.

At noon 13 November the stringy top five on Amazon physics bestseller list (grand, hidden, fabric, e-elegant, elegant) ranked 7062, 7826, 8422, 9180, 10402 for an average of 8578.

Another conference/workshop link to add to the watch-list is a 2013 QG-etc. Zakopane school that has just been announced by Jerzy Lewandowski. It is planned for the first week of July, right before the GR-20 conference in Warsaw.
We can check the programs posted for such events to keep track of trends in the field: who is talking to whom about what. I'll fetch the link:
http://th-www.if.uj.edu.pl/school/20...rs&titles.html
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Midmonth averages of string topfive salesranks
(recorded at Pacific noon on several days around the 15th of each month)
...
November 2011       1243
March 2012          3235 
July 2012           2359
(September 2012     7163)
(October 2012       7294)

13 November         8578
14 November         7656
15 November         ....
16 November         ....
17 November         ....
At noon 14 November the stringy top five on Amazon physics bestseller list (grand, e-elegant, hidden, fabric, parallel) ranked 5052, 6230, 7392, 8109, 11495 for an average of 7656.
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13 November         8578
14 November         7656
15 November         9914
16 November         6271 
17 November         ....
At noon 15 November the stringy top five on Amazon physics bestseller list (fabric, parallel, grand, e-elegant, h-grand) ranked 6470, 7030, 8254, 8688, 10442 for an average of 9914.
At noon 16 November grand, fabric, e-elegant, elegant, h-grand ranked 3360 5129, 6189, 8297, 8379 for average 6271.


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