J. Scott Carter from The University of Southern Alabama is a great new QG-TQFT blues performer(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

See and listen here:

http://scienceblogs.com/pontiff/2007/12/quantum_gravity_topological_qu.php [Broken]

Thanks to Dave Bacon!

Here is the song text:

The Quantum Gravity Topological Quantum Field Theory Blues

I've been calculating

I said I've been calculating

calculating all night long

Got a quasi- triangular Hopf algebra

and I wrote down the coproduct wrong.

I've been integrating

integrating the whole day through

I said I've been integrating

integrating the whole day through

Got a Chern-Simons functional integral

and its convergent, too.

I've been writing down knot diagrams

converting them to braids

Using the Alexander isotopy

you know I'm not afraid

I've been

assigning modules

to each of these six strings

been doin' it for weeks now

and I still don't understand a thing.

chorus:

I've got them old Quantum Gravity

Topological Quantum Field Theory Blues

I've got them old Quantum Gravity

Topological Quantum Field Theory Blues

And without NSF funding I think that you would, too.

I've been [gen'rul]-izing

to the higher dimensional case

I've been [gen'rul]-izing

to the higher dimensional case.

I've got two-categorical indices

running up and down the place.

(repeat chorus)

John Baez has some good words about Scott Carter's work (which helped to guide his own approach to Quantum Gravity back when he was actively doing QG research). He gives a link to the Youtube video and most of the lyrics as well.

http://golem.ph.utexas.edu/category/2007/12/the_qgtqft_blues.html

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