Louis Crane (of the Barrett-Crane spinfoam model) also Kea's co-author
Brian Greene (topic does not seem to be string. what is he up to?)
Olaf Dreyer (ex-Perimeter now-Imperial)
Chris Isham (topos, Kea will like that)
Jorge Pullin (we've discussed Gambini-Pullin papers including resolution of BH puzzle using real quantum clocks)
Xiao-Gang Wen (we had a thread touching on his work)
SOME names are so famous I wont even bother to mention them.
We've had something about Abraham Loeb----inventivie smart observationalist. original ideas for testing ideas.
I see I beat Peter Woit, but only by about 10 minutes. I posted at 7:09 PM (eastern) and he at 7:21 PM.
thanks to Mixed States for the reminder.
Well, anyway, good luck with the research project Garrett!
I hope some of the next year or two can be spent at a hot research location where your brains can be stimulating other people and you can be buffeted around a bit by other people's thinking too
but whatever or however you go, my feeling is that it's going to work!
Xiao-Gang Wen, another of the Foundational awardees, showed up and commented at N.E.W., as did Garrett, and also Anthony Aguirre who is an assistant director or something at Foundational.
Also Peter has some more links to discussions elsewhere of FQX and Templeton.
personally I think their committee did a remarkably good job. I like the spread of academic institutions and research topics. You really can't tell how a committee did unless you know the range of proposals they had to pick from, and this was the first cycle of grant-applications, so who knows. But it certainly looks OK to me what they came up with!
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