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Midmonth top-five string salesrank averages
13 March 3083
14 March 3165
15 March 3203
16 March 4239
17 March 2485
This makes the March figure 3235.


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Midmonth averages of string topfive salesranks
(recorded at Pacific noon on several days around the 15th of each month)
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September 2010    1060 
October 2010        1344
November 2010     2220
December 2010     2705
January 2011        1252
February 2011        223
March 2011            349
April 2011              649
May 2011               676
June 2011             1153
July 2011              1257
August 2011          2068
September 2011     2181
October 2011         2563
November 2011     1243
December 2011      2033
January 2012         3143
February 2012        3452
March 2012            3235
The electronic version of Kaku's 1994 "parallel universe" book Hyperspace is on sale cut-rate for $2.99.
That was the number one string book in today's top five.
Handy link that lists upcoming conferences:
http://www.anu.edu.au/physics/ACIGA/Conferences.html [Broken]
This confirms what was said earlier about the next triennial GRG conference being held in Warsaw:
20th International Conference on General Relativity and Gravitation (GR20)
(Warsaw, Poland, July 8 - 13, 2013)
Here is Lewandowski's BID to have the conference in Warsaw:
http://www.fuw.edu.pl/~lewand/Bid-GR20.pdf
The photos of the Warsaw venue are beautiful, it looks like a lovely venue for the next main international GR conference.
 
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The Strings 2012 conference website has begun posting the titles of the invited plenary talks (all the talks are normally in this category). Something to keep an eye on and check now and then. It's a clue to what the organizers know that active and prominent string researchers are interested in hearing about. The conference will be held in Munich, in late July.
http://wwwth.mpp.mpg.de/members/strings/strings2012/strings_files/program/talks.html

39 invited plenary speakers are listed, not counting usual welcoming talk(s) that open the conference. These 39 include 7 OVERVIEW talks, and also two talks at the end of the conference intended to give a SUMMARY of what was presented and an OUTLOOK on string future by David Gross.
If a talk is not listed as one of these, then it's one of the 30 on some particular topic.

Opening:
J. Schwarz (Caltech)
G. Veneziano (CERN)

Overview talks:
J. Carrasco (Stanford University)
S. Dimopoulos (Stanford University)
A. Karch (University of Washington)
H. Nicolai (MPI Gravitationsphysik, Potsdam)
A. Uranga (Universidad de Madrid)
C. Vafa (Harvard University)
X. Yin (Harvard University)

Conference summary:
H. Ooguri (Caltech/IPMU, Tokyo)

Outlook/Vision:
D. Gross (KITP/UC, Santa Barbara)
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One indication of change is that the String community has begun to show more interest in hearing about NON-STRING QUANTUM GEOMETRY as witnessed by the fact that one of the OVERVIEW talks (by Hermann Nicolai) is scheduled to be "Alternative approaches to quantum gravity: a brief survey"

At this point it is the only overview talk whose title is listed. Indeed it is the only Strings 2012 talk of any sort whose title is listed.
Last September at CERN, Nicolai gave a not-very-satisfactory overview of the alternative QG approaches
http://indico.cern.ch/conferenceDisplay.py?confId=152112
Regarding Loop, it was an honest try I think, but reflecting pre-2007 papers on the whole, or what is worse some more recent critiques which themselves cite mostly out of date stuff.
Well-intentioned but based on an artificially out-dated and biased picture. My expectation is that his overview will have evolved somewhat since then, and if it has, it will be interesting to see in what ways.

What I find hopeful is not that the conference-goers are guaranteed an accurate picture (I don't think they necessarily are) but that they are evidently interested in hearing about current approaches to non-string quantum gravity--interested enough to have the Munich organizers feature an "overview" talk on that subject.
 
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The Marcel Grossmann meeting in Stockholm now has 14 talk titles posted (out of 28 total invited speakers) of which around 6 have ABSTRACTS posted already.
http://www.icra.it/mg/mg13/invited_speakers_details.htm
Jan AMBJORN Lattice gravity: overview and recent progress
Charles BENNETT WMAP
ABSTRACT: The Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) produced the first full sky maps of cosmic microwave background (CMB) temperature and polarization fluctuations extending from full sky to sub-horizon scales. The measurements significantly constrain the physics of the very early universe and directly support the inflation prediction that primordial fluctuations were primarily adiabatic and nearly scale-invariant. The measurements also constitute core support for the standard model of cosmology, with accurate and precise cosmological parameters. WMAP data have reduced the cosmological parameter uncertainty volume by a factor of more than 30,000 compared with pre-WMAP CMB results. The standard model specifies the age of the universe and the curvature of the universe to high accuracy. It also specifies the composition of the universe, including the overall matter density, the baryon density, and the cold dark matter density. When combined with other astronomical measurements, the WMAP measurements constrain the properties of the dark energy and the mass of the neutrino. Future CMB observations (from Planck, balloon-borne, and ground-based experiments) and a host of other cosmological observations should be able to further test, constrain, and extend the standard cosmological model.​
Frederik DENEF Gravity and Glass
Petr HORAVA Quantum Gravity with Anisotropic Scaling and the Multicritical Universe
Mario LIVIO The Greatest Scientific Achievements of the Hubble Space Telescope
ABSTRACT: I will review the most important scientific achievements of the Hubble Space Telescope. In this review, I will cover topics ranging from Dark Energy to Extrasolar Planets, and from the age of the universe to Supermassive Black Holes. I will also present results of some of the most recent observations, following the last shuttle servicing mission to Hubble, and I will briefly discuss open questions in astrophysics for the next decade.​
Piero MADAU Exploring Dark Matter with Milky Way Substructure
Nazzareno MANDOLESI Planck [Mission] and fundamental physics
Jean-Loup PUGET High Energy Planck Mission
ABSTRACT: The achieved Planck High Frequency Instrument survey performances will be described. The very high sensitivity provided by the 100mK bolometers will allow to test early universe cosmology models (especially inflationary models).Other expected results directly related to fundamental physics questions will also be described. Astrophysical cosmology results from the early Planck Collaboration papers will also be presented.​
Harvey REALL Black holes in higher dimensions
ABSTRACT: I shall review what is known about black holes in higher dimensions. I shall discuss the known explicit solutions, results concerning the classification of stationary black holes, and instabilities of rotating black holes in higher dimensions.​
Martin REUTER QEG: Towards an Asymptotically Safe Quantum Theory of Gravity
Luciano REZZOLLA Using numerical relativity to explore fundamental physics and astrophysics
ABSTRACT: Recent years have seen a major progress in numerical relativity and the solution of the simplest and yet among the most challenging problems in classical general relativity: that of the evolution of two objects interacting only gravitationally. I will review the results obtained so far when modelling binaries of black holes or of neutron stars and also discuss the impact these studies have in detection of gravitational-waves, in astrophysics, and in our understanding of general relativity.​
David SPERGEL The Cosmic Microwave Background and the Hidden Universe
ABSTRACT: Large-scale CMB observations have played an important role in measuring the physical conditions at z=1100 and in establishing a standard cosmological model. In the coming decade, small-scale CMB observations will help us explore the "hidden universe": the dark matter, the dark energy and the "missing" baryons in the intergalactic medium through observations of the thermal Sunyaev-Zel'dovich effect, the kinematic Sunyaev-Zel'dovich (kSZ) effect and through gravitational lensing of the CMB. I will describe results from the Atacama Cosmology Telescope including the first detections of the kSZ effect and the first measurement of CMB lensing. I will also look forward to upcoming data from ACTPOL, which should begin observing in summer 2012, and from a large survey that will be conducted with HyperSuprime Camera, a 1.5 x 1.5 degree camera on the Subaru telescope that will map the same region of the sky.
Claes UGGLA Spacetime singularities: Recent developments
Bing ZHANG Open Questions in GRB Physics

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Both Loop and String programs seem to have slacked off during the first quarter of 2012. Maybe researchers are taking stock, or casting about for new directions. For whatever reason, String has slumped more than one would have expected, using an annualized rate, and Loop has reversed the sharply upward trend we saw through 2011. Of course it's too early to guess what levels of research activity we'll see in the remaining three quarters of the year. Obviously three months is a small sample.

LOOP RESEARCH BY YEAR (loop quantum gravity, loop quantum cosmology, spin foam)

2006 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=quantum+cosmology:+loop+space&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=quantum+gravity:+loop+space&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=spin:+foam&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2006&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2006&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=25&sc=0&of=hb (77 found)
2007 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=quantum+cosmology:+loop+space&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=quantum+gravity:+loop+space&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=spin:+foam&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2007&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2007&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=25&sc=0&of=hb (120 found)
2008 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=quantum+cosmology:+loop+space&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=quantum+gravity:+loop+space&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=spin:+foam&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2008&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2008&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=25&sc=0&of=hb (142 found)
2009 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=quantum+cosmology:+loop+space&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=quantum+gravity:+loop+space&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=spin:+foam&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2009&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2009&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=25&sc=0&of=hb (145 found)
2010 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=quantum+cosmology:+loop+space&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=quantum+gravity:+loop+space&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=spin:+foam&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2010&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2010&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=25&sc=0&of=hb (152 found)
2011 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=quantum+cosmology:+loop+space&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=quantum+gravity:+loop+space&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=spin:+foam&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2011&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2011&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=25&sc=0&of=hb (203 found)
2012 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=quantum+cosmology:+loop+space&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=quantum+gravity:+loop+space&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=spin:+foam&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2012&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2012&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=25&sc=0&of=hb (114 annualized from 29 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&as=1&m1=e&p1=string+model&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=membrane+model&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=AdS/CFT+correspondence&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2006&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2006&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=10&sc=0&of=hb (1029 found)
2007 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=string+model&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=membrane+model&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=AdS/CFT+correspondence&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2007&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2007&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=10&sc=0&of=hb (1050 found)
2008 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=string+model&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=membrane+model&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=AdS/CFT+correspondence&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2008&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2008&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=10&sc=0&of=hb (1128 found)
2009 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=string+model&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=membrane+model&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=AdS/CFT+correspondence&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2009&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2009&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=10&sc=0&of=hb (1133 found)
2010 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=string+model&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=membrane+model&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=AdS/CFT+correspondence&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2010&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2010&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=10&sc=0&of=hb (1044 found)
2011 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=string+model&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=membrane+model&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=AdS/CFT+correspondence&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2011&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2011&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=10&sc=0&of=hb (927 found)
2012 http://inspirehep.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=string+model&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=membrane+model&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=AdS/CFT+correspondence&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2012&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2012&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=10&sc=0&of=hb (681 annualized from 173 found)

http://www.calendardate.com/todays.htm as of 13 March = 93/366
 
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The Marcel Grossmann meeting in Stockholm now has ABSTRACTS posted for 14 out of its 28 invited talks
http://www.icra.it/mg/mg13/invited_speakers_details.htm
These give an idea of what leading experts in relativity, gravitation, and cosmology are interested hearing about and discussing this year. It's a way to gauge where research is going at present. Another window on the research scene is provided by the statements by the chairs of the special sessions
http://www.icra.it/MG/mg13/par_sessions_chairs_details.htm
For example the chairman of one of the two special sessions on Loop quantum gravity posted this about recent progress, status and what he wants the reports in his session to cover:
http://www.icra.it/MG/mg13/par_sessions_chairs_details.htm#lewandowski
The other Loop session focuses on Loop quantum cosmology. The chairman's statement is here:
http://www.icra.it/MG/mg13/par_sessions_chairs_details.htm#pullin

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I made an error in the date at one point in the previous post: by mistake I wrote 13 March instead of 3 April. To correct for that I'll do current Loop and String research rate indices over again of today, 5 April.
Both Loop and String programs seem to have gotten off to a slow start in the first quarter of 2012 but now to be picking up. Obviously three months is a small sample.

LOOP RESEARCH BY YEAR (loop quantum gravity, loop quantum cosmology, spin foam)

2006 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=quantum+cosmology:+loop+space&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=quantum+gravity:+loop+space&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=spin:+foam&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2006&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2006&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=25&sc=0&of=hb (77 found)
2007 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=quantum+cosmology:+loop+space&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=quantum+gravity:+loop+space&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=spin:+foam&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2007&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2007&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=25&sc=0&of=hb (120 found)
2008 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=quantum+cosmology:+loop+space&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=quantum+gravity:+loop+space&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=spin:+foam&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2008&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2008&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=25&sc=0&of=hb (142 found)
2009 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=quantum+cosmology:+loop+space&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=quantum+gravity:+loop+space&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=spin:+foam&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2009&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2009&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=25&sc=0&of=hb (145 found)
2010 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=quantum+cosmology:+loop+space&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=quantum+gravity:+loop+space&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=spin:+foam&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2010&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2010&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=25&sc=0&of=hb (152 found)
2011 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=quantum+cosmology:+loop+space&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=quantum+gravity:+loop+space&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=spin:+foam&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2011&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2011&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=25&sc=0&of=hb (203 found)
2012 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=quantum+cosmology:+loop+space&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=quantum+gravity:+loop+space&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=spin:+foam&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2012&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2012&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=25&sc=0&of=hb (126 annualized from 33 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&as=1&m1=e&p1=string+model&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=membrane+model&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=AdS/CFT+correspondence&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2006&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2006&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=10&sc=0&of=hb (1029 found)
2007 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=string+model&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=membrane+model&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=AdS/CFT+correspondence&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2007&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2007&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=10&sc=0&of=hb (1050 found)
2008 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=string+model&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=membrane+model&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=AdS/CFT+correspondence&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2008&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2008&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=10&sc=0&of=hb (1128 found)
2009 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=string+model&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=membrane+model&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=AdS/CFT+correspondence&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2009&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2009&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=10&sc=0&of=hb (1133 found)
2010 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=string+model&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=membrane+model&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=AdS/CFT+correspondence&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2010&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2010&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=10&sc=0&of=hb (1044 found)
2011 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=string+model&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=membrane+model&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=AdS/CFT+correspondence&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2011&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2011&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=10&sc=0&of=hb (927 found)
2012 http://inspirehep.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=string+model&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=membrane+model&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=AdS/CFT+correspondence&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2012&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2012&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=10&sc=0&of=hb (694 annualized from 182 found)

http://www.calendardate.com/todays.htm as of 5 April = 96/366
Links to check from time to time:
eye on Strings 2012 conf http://wwwth.mpp.mpg.de/members/strings/strings2012/strings_files/program/talks.html
relativist postdoc jobs
http://sites.google.com/site/grqcrumourmill/
particle theorist faculty jobs
http://particle.physics.ucdavis.edu/rumor/doku.php
http://www.perimeterinstitute.ca/en/Scientific/Seminars/Quantum_Gravity/ [Broken]
http://www.perimeterinstitute.ca/en/Scientific/Seminars/Colloquium/ [Broken]
 
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Time to get some midmonth noon readings on the pop-string book market

12 April 2663
13 April
14 April
15 April
16 April
17 April
18 April

At noon 12 April the five most popular stringy books (grand, e-grand, e-elegant, e-hidden, hardcover-grand) ranked 1680, 1782, 2775, 2844, 4233 for an average of 2663.
 
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Last week, Stephen Hawking appeared (as himself) in an episode of The Big Bang sitcom and his multiverse book ("Grand Design") is hotcakes in all three editions: soft, hard, and electronic. Midmonth noon readings on the pop-string book market

12 April 2663
13 April 2923
14 April 2608
15 April
16 April
17 April
18 April

On 14 April the top five string-oriented books (grand, e-grand, hard-grand, e-elegant, hidden) ranked 1462, 2023, 2642, 3126, 3788 for an average of 2608.

Incidental news:
There will be a QG School at Beijing Normal University (BNU) in August.
http://physics.bnu.edu.cn/summerschool/en/index.php

==quote from announcement==
The BNU International Summer School on Quantum Gravity is intended to provide a pedagogical introduction for graduate students and young post-docs to the main fields closely related to loop quantum gravity.

Topics include: Loop quantum gravity, Loop quantum cosmology, Spin foams, Group field theory, Regge calculus

Lecturers:
Abhay Ashtekar (Penn State Univ, USA)
Benjamin Bahr (Cambridge Univ, UK)
John Barrett (Univ of Nottingham, UK)
Jonathan Engle (Florida Atlantic Univ, USA)
Thomas Krajewski (Univ of Provence & CPT Marseille, France)
Jerzy Lewandowski (Univ of Warsaw, Poland)
Etera Livine (ENS de Lyon, France)
==endquote==
The Beijing QG School is timed to segue into the XXIX International Group Theory Methods in Physics conference ("Groups 29")
http://www.nim.nankai.edu.cn/activites/conferences/hy20120820/pdf/1st-Announcement.pdf
to be held the following week at Chern Institute in nearby Tianjin.
Two of the sessions planned for Groups 29 are:
8) Loop Quantum Gravity 9) Group Field Theory for Quantum Gravity
 
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12 April 2663
13 April 2923
14 April 2608
15 April 2406
16 April 2624
17 April
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On 16 April the top five string-oriented books (e-grand, grand, e-elegant, hidden, fabric) ranked 1461+2715+2802+3052+3090 for an average of 2624.
 
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Bringing forward several of the indices we are tracking. The following gauges the quality/significance of recent string research by how much it currently gets cited by (mainly other string) researchers. Here a paper is counted as recent if it appeared in the previous five years. Recent string research is less cited now than was the case formerly, say, ten years ago, and first-time faculty hiring of string researchers has declined.

Number of recent string papers making the top fifty in the annual Spires HEP topcite list
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year (some omitted for brevity)      2001    2003    2005    2007    2009    2010  
recent work highly cited that year     12         6        2         1         1         0
Sources:
2001 http://www.slac.stanford.edu/spires/topcites/2001/annual.shtml (twelve)
2003 http://www.slac.stanford.edu/spires/topcites/2003/annual.shtml (six)
2005 http://www.slac.stanford.edu/spires/topcites/2005/annual.shtml (two)
2007 http://www.slac.stanford.edu/spires/topcites/2007/annual.shtml (one)
2009 http://www.slac.stanford.edu/spires/topcites/2009/annual.shtml (one)
2010 http://www.slac.stanford.edu/spires/topcites/2010/annual.shtml (zero)

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A physicist at the U Toronto (Erich Poppitz) charts first time faculty hires in High Energy Physics Theory by year, in Usa and Canada. He keeps track of what fraction of the hires are in string, which fraction are in other branches of theory: cosmology, extensions of the Standard Model, and so on.
http://www.physics.utoronto.ca/~poppitz/Jobs94-08
His chart shows 11 HEP theory hires in 2011 with one being string.
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period                    1999-2001    2002-2004   2005-2007    2008-2010    2011
annual HEP theory hires      18             24            23             13            11 
annual string hires              9              8              6               2              1
Here I have taken 3 years averages to smooth out Poppitz data and get an idea of the trends in annual rates of hiring. This shows the annual rate of overall HEP theory hires (for firsttime faculty positions) and also the part of that going to string theorists. It seems remarkable that a mere 10-12 years ago HALF the hep-theory jobs were going to string theorists. Not so today.

The 2012 hiring season is now in full swing. To update on the HEP theory job situation as reported by http://particle.physics.ucdavis.edu/rumor/doku.php (first time faculty positions, Usa and Canada), offers are out to 7 individuals in all, including two offers which have already been accepted.

It's interesting to see what areas of specialization are represented e.g. cosmology, phenomenology, lattice gauge theory,...etc among those who received offers.
http://inspirehep.net/search?p=find+a+Kaplan,+J
http://inspirehep.net/search?p=find+a+Slatyer,+T
http://inspirehep.net/search?p=find+a+Carpenter,+L
http://inspirehep.net/search?p=find+a+Reece,+M
http://inspirehep.net/search?p=find+a+Lisanti,+M
http://inspirehep.net/search?p=find+ea+Fan,+JiJi
http://inspirehep.net/search?p=find+a+Poland,+D
This sampling of research papers may give a suggestion regarding which *types* of HEP theory the departments doing the hiring want to reinforce, or perhaps one could say in which types they want to "invest" researcher-years of effort. It must have something to do with which lines of theory the physics department committee members think will "pay off".
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Midmonth averages of string topfive salesranks
(recorded at Pacific noon on several days around the 15th of each month)
...
September 2010    1060 
October 2010        1344
November 2010     2220
December 2010     2705
January 2011        1252
February 2011        223
March 2011            349
April 2011              649
May 2011               676
June 2011             1153
July 2011              1257
August 2011          2068
September 2011     2181
October 2011         2563
November 2011     1243
December 2011      2033
January 2012         3143
February 2012        3452
March 2012            3235
April 2012              2769
12 April 2663
13 April 2923
14 April 2608
15 April 2406
16 April 2624
17 April 2731
18 April 3426

At noon 18 April the top five string-oriented books (grand, e-grand, fabric, hidden, hard-grand) ranked 1855+1997+2888+5031+5361 for an average of 3426.
That makes the April midmonth average 2769
2663+2923+2608+2406+2624+2731+3426)/7
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I'm considering how to streamline the recording of midmonth salesrank averages. Perhaps I can save space and effort by only keeping figures for every four months: e.g. March, July, November.
The main emphasis of this thread has become the professional scene (as opposed to the popular book market.) The indicators I'm watching include

first-time faculty jobs (areas of theory where departments seem to want to hire)
focus of major conferences (speakers and titles of invited talks)
citations to current work (gauging the value/relevance of current research)

Public perceptions, as indicated by the changing salesranks of types of books, do not seem so relevant to the sociology within the physics profession, and the gradual shifts of interest and activity which are going on in the research communities.


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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
So I'm going to see how it looks to skip months, and just tabulate salesranks for March July November. I will still CALCULATE averages for the intervening months, in case I want to go back to the old way, or in case some current trend seems interesting, but, tentatively at least, the longterm record will be pruned down.

There has been an unusual circumstance in connection with the Strings 2012 conference
About one month ago around March 31, the organizers added a page to their website designed to list the invited speakers and the titles of their talks.
http://wwwth.mpp.mpg.de/members/strings/strings2012/strings_files/program/talks.html
But so far only one talk's title has been posted. The rest are still "TBA".
Normally looking down the list of titles of invited talks is a way of seeing what topics are currently of special interest to the community. Which areas have been especially active---what do the organizers think the conferees especially want to hear about?

For nearly a month now (as of today 26 April) the only talk title listed has been:

Hermann Nicolai---Alternative approaches to quantum gravity: a brief survey

Is this then what is most on string theorists' minds these days, and what they most want to hear about? :-D
It's a bit strange to see 39 invited speakers' names listed and still after a month all but one of their talks saying "TBA". The conference begins in just a bit under 3 months, on 23 July.
 
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In terms of simple numbers of research publications, both Loop and String programs got off to a slow start in 2012. I show the annualized rates as of 27 April, compared with annual figures from past years.
LOOP RESEARCH BY YEAR (loop quantum gravity, loop quantum cosmology, spin foam)

2006 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=quantum+cosmology:+loop+space&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=quantum+gravity:+loop+space&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=spin:+foam&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2006&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2006&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=25&sc=0&of=hb (77 found)
2007 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=quantum+cosmology:+loop+space&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=quantum+gravity:+loop+space&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=spin:+foam&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2007&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2007&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=25&sc=0&of=hb (120 found)
2008 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=quantum+cosmology:+loop+space&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=quantum+gravity:+loop+space&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=spin:+foam&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2008&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2008&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=25&sc=0&of=hb (142 found)
2009 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=quantum+cosmology:+loop+space&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=quantum+gravity:+loop+space&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=spin:+foam&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2009&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2009&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=25&sc=0&of=hb (145 found)
2010 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=quantum+cosmology:+loop+space&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=quantum+gravity:+loop+space&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=spin:+foam&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2010&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2010&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=25&sc=0&of=hb (152 found)
2011 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=quantum+cosmology:+loop+space&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=quantum+gravity:+loop+space&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=spin:+foam&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2011&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2011&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=25&sc=0&of=hb (203 found)
2012 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=quantum+cosmology:+loop+space&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=quantum+gravity:+loop+space&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=spin:+foam&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2012&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2012&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=25&sc=0&of=hb (130 annualized from 42 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&as=1&m1=e&p1=string+model&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=membrane+model&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=AdS/CFT+correspondence&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2006&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2006&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=10&sc=0&of=hb (1029 found)
2007 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=string+model&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=membrane+model&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=AdS/CFT+correspondence&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2007&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2007&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=10&sc=0&of=hb (1050 found)
2008 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=string+model&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=membrane+model&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=AdS/CFT+correspondence&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2008&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2008&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=10&sc=0&of=hb (1128 found)
2009 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=string+model&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=membrane+model&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=AdS/CFT+correspondence&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2009&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2009&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=10&sc=0&of=hb (1133 found)
2010 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=string+model&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=membrane+model&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=AdS/CFT+correspondence&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2010&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2010&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=10&sc=0&of=hb (1044 found)
2011 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=string+model&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=membrane+model&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=AdS/CFT+correspondence&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2011&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2011&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=10&sc=0&of=hb (927 found)
2012 http://inspirehep.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=string+model&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=membrane+model&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=AdS/CFT+correspondence&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2012&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2012&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=10&sc=0&of=hb (716 annualized from 231 found)

http://www.calendardate.com/todays.htm 27 April = 118/366
 
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Update on the triennial Marcel Grossmann meeting (MG13) to be held the first week of July in Stockholm, it now has ABSTRACTS posted for 17 out of its 29 invited talks
http://www.icra.it/mg/mg13/invited_speakers_details.htm
These give an idea of what leading experts in relativity, gravitation, and cosmology are interested hearing about and discussing this year. It's a way to gauge where research is going at present.
So far I see no multiverse stuff or "something out of nothing" stuff. Maybe you can find some reference if you look closely. String as a whole seems downplayed, considerably less of it at MG than in past years. I gather it's less interesting now to professional cosmologists. Another window on the research scene is provided by the statements by the chairs of the special sessions.
Here's the list of special sessions:
http://www.icra.it/MG/mg13/parallel_sessions.htm
Here's what the chairfolks have to say:
http://www.icra.it/MG/mg13/par_sessions_chairs_details.htm
For example the chairman of one of the two special sessions on Loop quantum gravity posted this about recent progress, status and what he wants the reports in his session to cover:
http://www.icra.it/MG/mg13/par_sessions_chairs_details.htm#lewandowski
The other Loop session focuses on Loop quantum cosmology. The chairman's statement is here:
http://www.icra.it/MG/mg13/par_sessions_chairs_details.htm#pullin

It has now been a full month (as of 30 April) since the organizers of Strings 2012 put online this list designed to show this years 39 invited speakers and the titles of their talks.
http://wwwth.mpp.mpg.de/members/strings/strings2012/strings_files/program/talks.html
and throughout that time the list has displayed one talk's title, and only one. The rest have been and are still "TBA".
The sole title listed has been:
Hermann Nicolai---Alternative approaches to quantum gravity: a brief survey
Normally looking down the list of titles of invited talks at a major conference is a way of seeing what topics are currently of special interest to the community: which areas have been especially active and which the organizers think those attending the conference are most interested in hearing about.
It could be that what is most on string theorists' minds these days, and what they are most concerned to hear about is precisely what Hermann Nicolai has chosen and prepared to discuss.
It's a bit unusual to see 39 invited speakers' names listed and still after a month all but one of their talks saying "TBA". The conference starts 23 July.
 
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For convenience I'll group links to check for current QG-related trends and active topics.
Jobs:
http://sites.google.com/site/grqcrumourmill/
http://particle.physics.ucdavis.edu/rumor/doku.php
Schools and Conferences:
http://www.icra.it/mg/mg13/invited_speakers_details.htm
http://wwwth.mpp.mpg.de/members/strings/strings2012/strings_files/program/talks.html
http://physics.bnu.edu.cn/summerschool/en/index.php
Colloquia:
http://pirsa.org/12050053

In the Usa+Canada HEP theory 2012 job market, as of 8 May, first-time faculty position offers have been made to 8 people. Gain of one over the past 3 weeks. This gives a rough indication of the research interests on the part those who have received offers:
http://inspirehep.net/search?p=find+a+Kaplan,+J
http://inspirehep.net/search?p=find+a+Slatyer,+T
http://inspirehep.net/search?p=find+a+Carpenter,+L
http://inspirehep.net/search?p=find+a+Reece,+M
http://inspirehep.net/search?p=find+a+Lisanti,+M
http://inspirehep.net/search?p=find+ea+Fan,+JiJi
http://inspirehep.net/search?p=find+a+Poland,+D
http://inspirehep.net/search?p=find+ea+Martin,+Adam

Lecturers in the 2012 Beijing QG summer school:
Abhay Ashtekar (Penn State Univ, USA)
Benjamin Bahr (Cambridge Univ, UK)
John Barrett (Univ of Nottingham, UK)
Jonathan Engle (Florida Atlantic Univ, USA)
Thomas Krajewski (Univ of Provence & CPT Marseille, France)
Jerzy Lewandowski (Univ of Warsaw, Poland)
Etera Livine (ENS de Lyon, France)

MG13 (Stockholm July) 22 out of 30 invited speakers have posted abstract summaries of their talks
Strings 2012(Munich July) 1 out of the 43 invited speakers has posted the title of his talk (about QG alternatives to string). This situation has persisted for over 5 weeks. It will be interesting to see what other topics appear in the lineup when more titles are eventually posted.
Some MG13 parallel sessions-- (chairs)
http://www.icra.it/mg/mg13/parallel_data_grid.pdf
Monday 2 July "QG Phenomenology"--(Amelino-Camelia)
Tuesday 3 July "Loop Quantum Gravity, Quantum Geometry, Spin Foams"-- (Lewandowski)
Thursday 5 July "Asymptotic Safety and Symmetry Breaking in Quantum Gravity"-- (Mielke)
Thursday 5 July "String Theory"-- (Henningson)
Friday 6 July "Loop Quantum Gravity: Cosmology and Black Holes"-- (Pullin, Singh)
 
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Finally as of 9 May two more speakers at Strings 2012 have posted talk titles!
I was beginning to worry. Nicolai posted his title right around 31 March, so for over 5 weeks his was the only talk listed on the schedule.
Now we have 3 out of 43.
http://wwwth.mpp.mpg.de/members/strings/strings2012/strings_files/program/talks.html

==quote from program as of 9 May==
...
M. Gaberdiel Minimal Model Holography
D. Gaiotto tba
C. Gomez tba
D. Gross tba
J. Heckman tba
G. Horowitz tba
N. Iqbal tba
S. Kachru tba
A. Karch Recent Applications of the Gauge/Gravity Correspondence to QCD and Condensed Matter Physics
Z. Komargodski tba
S. Kortner tba
C. Kounnas tba
J. Maldacena tba
H. Nicolai Alternative approaches to quantum gravity: a brief survey
....
==endquote==
 
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Strings 2012 has now listed titles for 5 out of the 43 invited talks:

M. Gaberdiel Minimal Model Holography

A. Karch* Recent Applications of the Gauge/Gravity Correspondence to QCD and Condensed Matter Physics

H. Nicolai* Alternative approaches to quantum gravity: a brief survey

A. Strominger Progress in dS/CFT

X. Yin* Higher Spin Holography

Conference starts in about 2 months from now.
http://wwwth.mpp.mpg.de/members/strings/strings2012/strings_files/program/talks.html

*Three of the five speakers here are listed as giving "overview" talks. This is a special category of talks which I guess will be allotted extra time and intended to survey what the organizers think are the main areas of current research activity and/or particular interest to the audience.
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I'm tryng out the idea of just recording of popular stringy book sales on a once every four months basis. So far about all the record shows is a huge jump in popularity with the appearance of the multiverse books Grand Design and Hidden Universe (by Hawking and by Greene respectively) in September 2010 and January 2011.
Even though it's not for the record I'll take a midmonth average for May as a spot check to see how things are going.

Code:
Midmonth averages of string topfive salesranks
(recorded at Pacific noon on several days around the 15th of each month)
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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
14 May 3925
15 May ...
16 May ...

At noon Pacific on 14 May the top five stringy books (e-grand, e-elegant, grand, e-hidden, hardcover-grand) ranked 2631, 2993, 3307, 4707, 5985, for an average of 3925.
 
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14 May 3925
15 May 4201
16 May ...

At noon Pacific on 15 May the top five stringy books (e-elegant, e-grand, grand, hidden, e-hidden) ranked 2727, 3107, 4501, 5047, 5621, for an average of 4201.

Correction to previous post: Greene's multiverse book is called Hidden Reality, not (as I mistakenly said) Hidden Universe.
 
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Update on jobs:
In the Usa+Canada HEP theory 2012 job market, as of 16 May, first-time faculty position offers have been made to 10 people. The following links give a rough indication of the research interests on the part those who have received offers:
http://inspirehep.net/search?p=find+ea+Kaplan,+Jared
http://inspirehep.net/search?p=find+a+Slatyer,+T (DM cosmology)
http://inspirehep.net/search?p=find+a+Carpenter,+L (phenomenology)
http://inspirehep.net/search?p=find+a+Reece,+M (phenomenology)
http://inspirehep.net/search?p=find+a+Lisanti,+M (LHC phenom+DM cosmo)
http://inspirehep.net/search?p=find+ea+Fan,+JiJi (LHC phenom)
http://inspirehep.net/search?p=find+a+Poland,+D
http://inspirehep.net/search?p=find+ea+Martin,+Adam (LHC phenom)
http://inspirehep.net/search?p=find+ea+Smith,+Kendrick (cosmology)
http://inspirehep.net/search?p=find+ea+Johnson,+Matthew+C (cosmology)

Pop-string salesrank average as of noon Pacific 16th May
e-grand, grand, e-hidden, e-elegant, hidden
(3645+4715+5413+5430+6464)/5 = 5133
14 May 3925
15 May 4201
16 May 5133
May midmonth average: (3925+4201+5133)/3 = 4420


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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 
[May 2012           4420]
July 2012           ....
Links checked periodically:
http://inspirehep.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=quantum+cosmology:+loop+space&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=quantum+gravity:+loop+space&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=spin:+foam&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2012&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2012&sf=&so=a&rm=&rg=25&sc=0&of=hb (48*366/137=128)
http://sites.google.com/site/grqcrumourmill/
http://particle.physics.ucdavis.edu/rumor/doku.php
Schools and Conferences:
http://www.icra.it/mg/mg13/invited_speakers_details.htm
http://wwwth.mpp.mpg.de/members/strings/strings2012/strings_files/program/talks.html
http://physics.bnu.edu.cn/summerschool/en/index.php
Colloquia:
http://pirsa.org/12050053
 
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Here are annualized research posting rates for 2012, as of 26 May, compared with annual figures from past years, in each case resulting from the indicated Inspire database search.
LOOP RESEARCH BY YEAR (loop quantum gravity, loop quantum cosmology, spin foam)

2006 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=quantum+cosmology:+loop+space&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=quantum+gravity:+loop+space&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=spin:+foam&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2006&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2006&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=25&sc=0&of=hb (77 found)
2007 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=quantum+cosmology:+loop+space&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=quantum+gravity:+loop+space&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=spin:+foam&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2007&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2007&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=25&sc=0&of=hb (120 found)
2008 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=quantum+cosmology:+loop+space&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=quantum+gravity:+loop+space&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=spin:+foam&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2008&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2008&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=25&sc=0&of=hb (142 found)
2009 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=quantum+cosmology:+loop+space&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=quantum+gravity:+loop+space&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=spin:+foam&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2009&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2009&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=25&sc=0&of=hb (145 found)
2010 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=quantum+cosmology:+loop+space&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=quantum+gravity:+loop+space&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=spin:+foam&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2010&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2010&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=25&sc=0&of=hb (152 found)
2011 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=quantum+cosmology:+loop+space&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=quantum+gravity:+loop+space&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=spin:+foam&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2011&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2011&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=25&sc=0&of=hb (203 found)
2012 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=quantum+cosmology:+loop+space&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=quantum+gravity:+loop+space&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=spin:+foam&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2012&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2012&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=25&sc=0&of=hb (132 annualized from 53 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&as=1&m1=e&p1=string+model&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=membrane+model&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=AdS/CFT+correspondence&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2006&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2006&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=10&sc=0&of=hb (1029 found)
2007 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=string+model&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=membrane+model&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=AdS/CFT+correspondence&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2007&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2007&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=10&sc=0&of=hb (1050 found)
2008 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=string+model&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=membrane+model&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=AdS/CFT+correspondence&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2008&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2008&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=10&sc=0&of=hb (1128 found)
2009 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=string+model&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=membrane+model&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=AdS/CFT+correspondence&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2009&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2009&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=10&sc=0&of=hb (1133 found)
2010 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=string+model&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=membrane+model&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=AdS/CFT+correspondence&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2010&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2010&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=10&sc=0&of=hb (1044 found)
2011 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=string+model&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=membrane+model&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=AdS/CFT+correspondence&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2011&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2011&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=10&sc=0&of=hb (927 found)
2012 http://inspirehep.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=string+model&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=membrane+model&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=AdS/CFT+correspondence&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2012&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2012&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=10&sc=0&of=hb (722 annualized from 290 found)

http://www.calendardate.com/todays.htm 26 May = 147/366
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Update on jobs:
In the Usa+Canada HEP theory 2012 job market, as of 26 May, first-time faculty position offers have been made to 10 people, none string theorists. The situation is unchanged from last report.
http://particle.physics.ucdavis.edu/rumor/doku.php
Among those offered first-time faculty jobs the most common specialties were cosmology and phenomenology. See previous post (#317) for details.
 
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Strings 2012 has now listed titles for 7 out of the 43 invited talks:

T. Dimofte Building blocks in 3d SCFT

M. Gaberdiel Minimal Model Holography

G. Horowitz Why General Relativity is like a High Temperature Superconductor

A. Karch* Recent Applications of the Gauge/Gravity Correspondence to QCD and Condensed Matter Physics

H. Nicolai* Alternative approaches to quantum gravity: a brief survey

A. Strominger Progress in dS/CFT

X. Yin* Higher Spin Holography

Conference starts in about 7 weeks, on 23 July.
http://wwwth.mpp.mpg.de/members/strings/strings2012/strings_files/program/talks.html

*Three of the five speakers here are listed as giving "overview" talks. This is a special category of talks which I guess will be allotted extra time and intended to survey what the organizers think are the main areas of current research activity and/or particular interest to the audience.

In case anyone's curiosity is piqued by Gary Horowitz' title, it echos this recent paper:
http://arxiv.org/abs/1204.0519
Optical Conductivity with Holographic Lattices
Gary T. Horowitz, Jorge E. Santos, David Tong
(Submitted on 2 Apr 2012)
We add a gravitational background lattice to the simplest holographic model of matter at finite density and calculate the optical conductivity. With the lattice, the zero frequency delta function found in previous calculations (resulting from translation invariance) is broadened and the DC conductivity is finite. The optical conductivity exhibits a Drude peak with a cross-over to power-law behavior at higher frequencies. Surprisingly, these results bear a strong resemblance to the properties of some of the cuprates.
22 pages, 10 figures

"cuprates" makes one think "high temperature superconductor" (mentioned in conference talk title).
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-temperature_superconductivity#Cuprates
Recalling several participants noted that most talks at Strings 2011 had remarkably little to do with strings and branes, this window of the topics to be featured at Strings 2012 so far tends to confirm that impression and continue the trend.

Job situation basically unchanged from two weeks ago as reported 16 May in post #317. First-time faculty offers to 10 HEP theorists, none specialized in string (most in either cosmology or LHC phenomenology.)
http://particle.physics.ucdavis.edu/rumor/doku.php
 
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In the Usa+Canada HEP theory 2012 job market, as of 2 June, first-time faculty position offers have been made to 11 people. One more than was the case a few days ago. The following links give a rough indication of the research interests on the part those who have received offers:
http://inspirehep.net/search?p=find+ea+Kaplan,+Jared (phenom+cosmo)
http://inspirehep.net/search?p=find+a+Slatyer,+T (DM cosmology)
http://inspirehep.net/search?p=find+a+Carpenter,+L (phenomenology)
http://inspirehep.net/search?p=find+a+Reece,+M (phenomenology)
http://inspirehep.net/search?p=find+a+Lisanti,+M (LHC phenom+DM cosmo)
http://inspirehep.net/search?p=find+ea+Fan,+JiJi (LHC phenom)
http://inspirehep.net/search?p=find+a+Poland,+D
http://inspirehep.net/search?p=find+ea+Martin,+Adam (LHC phenom)
http://inspirehep.net/search?p=find+ea+Smith,+Kendrick (cosmology)
http://inspirehep.net/search?p=find+ea+Johnson,+Matthew+C (cosmology)
http://inspirehep.net/search?p=find+a+Giombi,+S (string)


Links checked periodically:
http://inspirehep.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=quantum+cosmology:+loop+space&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=quantum+gravity:+loop+space&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=spin:+foam&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2012&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2012&sf=&so=a&rm=&rg=25&sc=0&of=hb (48*366/137=128)
http://sites.google.com/site/grqcrumourmill/
http://particle.physics.ucdavis.edu/rumor/doku.php
Schools, Conferences, Recorded Talks:
http://www.icra.it/mg/mg13/invited_speakers_details.htm
http://wwwth.mpp.mpg.de/members/strings/strings2012/strings_files/program/talks.html
http://physics.bnu.edu.cn/summerschool/en/index.php
http://pirsa.org/
 
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Annualized research posting rates for 2012, as of 5 June, and annual figures from past years, from the indicated Inspire database searches.
LOOP RESEARCH BY YEAR (loop quantum gravity, loop quantum cosmology, spin foam)

2006 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=quantum+cosmology:+loop+space&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=quantum+gravity:+loop+space&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=spin:+foam&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2006&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2006&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=25&sc=0&of=hb (77 found)
2007 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=quantum+cosmology:+loop+space&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=quantum+gravity:+loop+space&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=spin:+foam&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2007&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2007&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=25&sc=0&of=hb (120 found)
2008 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=quantum+cosmology:+loop+space&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=quantum+gravity:+loop+space&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=spin:+foam&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2008&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2008&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=25&sc=0&of=hb (142 found)
2009 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=quantum+cosmology:+loop+space&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=quantum+gravity:+loop+space&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=spin:+foam&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2009&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2009&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=25&sc=0&of=hb (145 found)
2010 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=quantum+cosmology:+loop+space&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=quantum+gravity:+loop+space&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=spin:+foam&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2010&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2010&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=25&sc=0&of=hb (152 found)
2011 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=quantum+cosmology:+loop+space&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=quantum+gravity:+loop+space&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=spin:+foam&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2011&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2011&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=25&sc=0&of=hb (203 found)
2012 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=quantum+cosmology:+loop+space&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=quantum+gravity:+loop+space&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=spin:+foam&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2012&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2012&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=25&sc=0&of=hb (138 annualized from 59 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&as=1&m1=e&p1=string+model&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=membrane+model&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=AdS/CFT+correspondence&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2006&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2006&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=10&sc=0&of=hb (1029 found)
2007 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=string+model&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=membrane+model&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=AdS/CFT+correspondence&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2007&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2007&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=10&sc=0&of=hb (1050 found)
2008 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=string+model&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=membrane+model&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=AdS/CFT+correspondence&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2008&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2008&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=10&sc=0&of=hb (1128 found)
2009 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=string+model&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=membrane+model&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=AdS/CFT+correspondence&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2009&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2009&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=10&sc=0&of=hb (1133 found)
2010 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=string+model&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=membrane+model&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=AdS/CFT+correspondence&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2010&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2010&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=10&sc=0&of=hb (1044 found)
2011 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=string+model&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=membrane+model&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=AdS/CFT+correspondence&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2011&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2011&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=10&sc=0&of=hb (927 found)
2012 http://inspirehep.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=string+model&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=membrane+model&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=AdS/CFT+correspondence&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2012&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2012&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=10&sc=0&of=hb (723 annualized from 310 found)

http://www.calendardate.com/todays.htm 6 June = 157/366

A physicist at the U Toronto (Erich Poppitz) charts first time faculty hires in High Energy Physics Theory (Usa and Canada) by year. He keeps track of what fraction of these are in string, and which fractions are in other branches of theory.
http://www.physics.utoronto.ca/~poppitz/Jobs94-08
His chart shows 11 HEP theory hires in 2011 of which one was string.
It now looks as if 2012 will be a repeat. Offers have gone out to 11 HEP theorists so far this year, including one string theorist.
Up through 2010, the annual rates shown are smoothed by averaging over 3 years intervals.
Code:
period          1999-2001   2002-2004   2005-2007   2008-2010 2011 2012(prelim)
HEP theory hires   18         24          23          13        11     11
string hires        9          8           6           2         1      1
The source used for the preliminary 2012 estimates is http://particle.physics.ucdavis.edu/rumor/doku.php
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Links checked periodically:
http://inspirehep.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=quantum+cosmology:+loop+space&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=quantum+gravity:+loop+space&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=spin:+foam&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2012&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2012&sf=&so=a&rm=&rg=25&sc=0&of=hb (48*366/137=128)
http://sites.google.com/site/grqcrumourmill/
http://particle.physics.ucdavis.edu/rumor/doku.php
Schools, Conferences, Recorded Talks:
http://www.icra.it/mg/mg13/invited_speakers_details.htm
http://wwwth.mpp.mpg.de/members/strings/strings2012/strings_files/program/talks.html
http://physics.bnu.edu.cn/summerschool/en/index.php
http://pirsa.org/
 
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In the publications listing by year, the Loop figure for 6 June was
141 annualized from 61 found.
6 June = 158/366
The String figure was 723 annualized from 312 found.
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As a spot check on the popular book market, at noon on 6 June the five most popular stringy books
(hidden, grand, e-elegant, fabric, e-grand) ranked 2808, 4476, 4651, 4992, 5194 for an average of 4424.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/bestsellers/books/14545/
 
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Update on the Usa+Canada HEP theory 2012 job market, as of 8 June, first-time faculty position offers have been made to 12 people. One more than was the case a few days ago. The following links give a rough indication of the research interests on the part those who have received offers:
http://inspirehep.net/search?p=find+ea+Kaplan,+Jared (phenom+cosmo)
http://inspirehep.net/search?p=find+a+Slatyer,+T (DM cosmology)
http://inspirehep.net/search?p=find+a+Carpenter,+L (phenomenology)
http://inspirehep.net/search?p=find+a+Reece,+M (phenomenology)
http://inspirehep.net/search?p=find+a+Lisanti,+M (LHC phenom+DM cosmo)
http://inspirehep.net/search?p=find+ea+Fan,+JiJi (LHC phenom)
http://inspirehep.net/search?p=find+a+Poland,+D (phenomenology)
http://inspirehep.net/search?p=find+ea+Martin,+Adam (LHC phenom)
http://inspirehep.net/search?p=find+ea+Smith,+Kendrick (cosmology)
http://inspirehep.net/search?p=find+ea+Johnson,+Matthew+C (cosmology)
http://inspirehep.net/search?ln=en&ln=en&p=find+ea+Bai,+Yang (phenomenology)
http://inspirehep.net/search?p=find+a+Giombi,+S (string)


Links checked periodically:
http://inspirehep.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=quantum+cosmology:+loop+space&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=quantum+gravity:+loop+space&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=spin:+foam&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2012&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2012&sf=&so=a&rm=&rg=25&sc=0&of=hb
http://sites.google.com/site/grqcrumourmill/
http://particle.physics.ucdavis.edu/rumor/doku.php
Schools, Conferences, Recorded Talks:
http://www.icra.it/mg/mg13/invited_speakers_details.htm
http://wwwth.mpp.mpg.de/members/strings/strings2012/strings_files/program/talks.html
http://physics.bnu.edu.cn/summerschool/en/index.php
http://pirsa.org/
 
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The 2012 research publications rates seem, at least for the time being, to be recovering from a lull in the first part of the year. As of 10 June (162/366) the usual Inspire searches found 64 Loop and 323 String publications. The annualized rates are 145 and 730. It's odd because I'm used to seeing a lull, if there is going to be one, happen in the summer. Perhaps just a fluke.

For the record over the past 6 years, using the same searches, look back to post #321
 
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Annualized research posting rates for 2012, as of 13 June, and annual figures from past years, from the indicated Inspire database searches.
LOOP RESEARCH BY YEAR (loop quantum gravity, loop quantum cosmology, spin foam)

2006 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=quantum+cosmology:+loop+space&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=quantum+gravity:+loop+space&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=spin:+foam&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2006&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2006&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=25&sc=0&of=hb (77 found)
2007 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=quantum+cosmology:+loop+space&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=quantum+gravity:+loop+space&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=spin:+foam&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2007&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2007&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=25&sc=0&of=hb (120 found)
2008 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=quantum+cosmology:+loop+space&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=quantum+gravity:+loop+space&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=spin:+foam&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2008&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2008&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=25&sc=0&of=hb (142 found)
2009 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=quantum+cosmology:+loop+space&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=quantum+gravity:+loop+space&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=spin:+foam&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2009&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2009&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=25&sc=0&of=hb (145 found)
2010 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=quantum+cosmology:+loop+space&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=quantum+gravity:+loop+space&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=spin:+foam&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2010&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2010&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=25&sc=0&of=hb (152 found)
2011 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=quantum+cosmology:+loop+space&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=quantum+gravity:+loop+space&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=spin:+foam&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2011&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2011&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=25&sc=0&of=hb (203 found)
2012 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=quantum+cosmology:+loop+space&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=quantum+gravity:+loop+space&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=spin:+foam&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2012&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2012&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=25&sc=0&of=hb (146 annualized from 66 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&as=1&m1=e&p1=string+model&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=membrane+model&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=AdS/CFT+correspondence&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2006&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2006&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=10&sc=0&of=hb (1029 found)
2007 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=string+model&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=membrane+model&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=AdS/CFT+correspondence&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2007&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2007&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=10&sc=0&of=hb (1050 found)
2008 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=string+model&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=membrane+model&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=AdS/CFT+correspondence&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2008&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2008&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=10&sc=0&of=hb (1128 found)
2009 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=string+model&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=membrane+model&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=AdS/CFT+correspondence&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2009&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2009&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=10&sc=0&of=hb (1133 found)
2010 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=string+model&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=membrane+model&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=AdS/CFT+correspondence&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2010&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2010&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=10&sc=0&of=hb (1044 found)
2011 http://inspirebeta.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=string+model&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=membrane+model&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=AdS/CFT+correspondence&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2011&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2011&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=10&sc=0&of=hb (927 found)
2012 http://inspirehep.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=string+model&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=membrane+model&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=AdS/CFT+correspondence&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2012&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2012&sf=&so=a&rm=citation&rg=10&sc=0&of=hb (723 annualized from 326 found)

http://www.calendardate.com/todays.htm 13 June = 165/366

A physicist at the U Toronto (Erich Poppitz) charts first time faculty hires in High Energy Physics Theory (Usa and Canada) by year. He keeps track of what fraction of these are in string, and which fractions are in other branches of theory.
http://www.physics.utoronto.ca/~poppitz/Jobs94-08
His chart shows 11 HEP theory hires in 2011 of which one was string.
It now looks as if 2012 will be roughly similiar. Offers have gone out to 12 HEP theorists so far this year, including one string theorist.
Up through 2010, the annual rates shown are smoothed by averaging over 3 years intervals.
Code:
period          1999-2001   2002-2004   2005-2007   2008-2010 2011 2012(prelim)
HEP theory hires   18         24          23          13        11     12
string hires        9          8           6           2         1      1
The source used for the preliminary 2012 estimates is http://particle.physics.ucdavis.edu/rumor/doku.php
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In the popular book market, at noon 13 June the top five stringy books (grand, e-grand, hidden, e-hidden, fabric) ranked 1574, 3100, 4578, 5703, 6268, for an average of 4245.
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Links checked periodically:
http://inspirehep.net/search?ln=en&as=1&m1=e&p1=quantum+cosmology:+loop+space&f1=keyword&op1=o&m2=e&p2=quantum+gravity:+loop+space&f2=keyword&op2=o&m3=e&p3=spin:+foam&f3=keyword&action_search=Search&dt=&d1d=&d1m=&d1y=2012&d2d=&d2m=&d2y=2012&sf=&so=a&rm=&rg=25&sc=0&of=hb
http://sites.google.com/site/grqcrumourmill/
http://particle.physics.ucdavis.edu/rumor/doku.php
Schools, Conference sessions, Recorded Talks:
http://www.icra.it/mg/mg13/par_sessions_chairs_details.htm#lewandowski
http://www.icra.it/mg/mg13/par_sessions_chairs_details.htm#moniz
http://www.icra.it/mg/mg13/par_sessions_chairs_details.htm#pullin
http://www.icra.it/mg/mg13/par_sessions_chairs_details.htm#amelinocamelia
http://wwwth.mpp.mpg.de/members/strings/strings2012/strings_files/program/talks.html
http://physics.bnu.edu.cn/summerschool/en/index.php
http://pirsa.org/
 
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