March Meeting: day 2

This morning: more qubit talks, mostly less relevant than yesterday’s. Then, the Nobel session. Unfortunately I couldn’t see or hear the Nobel talks very well, the floor not being sloped and the mike not turned up enough. Still, I got some of it. Abrikosov noted that something like half of all physics Nobelists had their initial work on the subject rejected. Don’t follow the fashion, he said; if you do, your career will blossom, but you can forget about a Nobel Prize. Right now I’m not thinking much about prizes and more about taking a nap. Sadly, there aren’t many good places to lie down here, and there’s another quantum computing session in a few minutes. Maybe I’ll get out of it early enough to go running before dinner. (On a treadmill; I’m not equipped to go running in this Hoth-like weather.)

One thought on “March Meeting: day 2

  1. Mason Porter

    Abrikosov was basically reading from his notes. I was 6 or so rows ahead of you, and I was also having trouble following him.
    Leggett was being kind of a punk, although when you have a Nobel, you’ve kind of earned that right.
    P.S. I’m back home.

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