Sidney R. Coleman

first_imgSidney R. Coleman, the Donner Professor of Science at Harvard and one of the truly unique characters in theoretical physics, died on November 18, 2007, at age 70.Sidney was born in Chicago on March 7, 1937.  He graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1957 and went on to graduate school at California Institute of Technology, where he studied with Murray Gell-Mann.  In 1961, Coleman came to Harvard as the Corning Lecturer and Fellow.  For over 30 years Sidney was the leader of the Harvard group in particle theory.Sidney’s great love was “quantum field theory,” the theoretical language combining quantum mechanics and special relativity.  As his Nobel Prize-winning colleague, Steven Weinberg said, “Sidney was most interested in understanding the foundations of theory rather than the special cases relevant to describing nature, and he revealed many of the deepest aspects of this grand theoretical structure through his work.”  In the early 1960s he was a leader in the application of Gell-Mann’s idea of approximate SU(3) symmetry of the strong interactions.  In the late 1960s and the 1970s his work on scale invariance and renormalization paved the way for our understanding of strong interactions, Quantum Chromodynamics, in particular in the discovery of asymptotic freedom, independently in the Ph.D. thesis of Sidney’s graduate student David Politzer, and at Princeton by David Gross and Frank Wilzcek, for which the trio were awarded the 2004 Nobel prize.  In the late 1970s and 1980s the results and the techniques in Sidney’s work on vacuum decay were crucial for the beginnings of the quantitative description of the beginning of the universe.For much of his career Sidney was the preeminent teacher of quantum field theory in the world and his approach to the subject, relying heavily on beautiful symmetry arguments, had enormous influence.  He had about 40 Ph.D. students, many of whom became leaders in the field of high energy theory.  Many hundreds of students from all over the Boston area attended his brilliant and witty lectures on quantum field theory, and his notes formed the basis of courses and eventually textbooks used worldwide.  Students and colleagues pored over his classic papers and summer school lectures.  These were masterpieces. Sidney labored over them until no word was out of place and no explanatory or pedagogical opportunity was missed.  In 1989 he won the US National Academy of Sciences Award for Excellence in Scientific Reviewing for his “lucid, insightful, and influential reviews.”While his first love was the teaching of graduate level quantum field theory, Sidney also gave brilliant undergraduate lectures.  This was a personal sacrifice, because Sidney was renowned for doing his best work in the wee hours of the morning, and it was never clear whether he was better off getting a few hours of sleep before a late morning undergraduate class or simply staying up for it.Not a cloistered academic, Sidney was a public intellectual in the best sense.  He had a deep interest in science fiction, writing and publishing science fiction criticism himself. He served behind the scenes as a science advisor to a number of movies and Nova programs.He received the Dirac Medal and the Dannie Heineman Prize. He was a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences.Sidney’s wit could be as biting as it was brilliant, and his friends bore the brunt of this and loved it.  They could count on Sidney to keep their head sizes under control. “Courtesy,” Sidney argued, “is for strangers. Kindness is for friends.”  Health problems bedeviled the end of Sidney’s life and deprived the world of what would surely have been an affectionately irreverent elder statesmanship.  In the words of his good friend and our former colleague Sheldon Glashow, “Sidney was both an incomparable teacher and the most learned sage and sharpest critic in the world of theoretical physics.  He was Pauli’s tongue in Einstein’s image.  We have been deprived all too soon of one of our generation’s most profound and imaginative minds.”He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Diana Coleman, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, his brother, Robert Coleman, of Albany, California, and many friends and admirers around the world.Respectfully submitted,Nima Arkani-HamedArthur JaffeHoward Georgi, Chairlast_img read more

David Fenlon – Proxima Group – The price of esports will rise

first_imgDavid Fenlon, Proxima GroupDavid Fenlon is a consultant at Proxima Group, a company that specialises in advising clients on their third party partners. They have conducted some in-depth research on where some main global brands and publishers have been investing their budgets for the 2012 to 2017 period, and have found a number of industry trends which will have an important impact on both gamers and esports.Overlaying this research with their experience of working in both the music and gaming industries they predict that prices for mainstream games will drop significantly; pricing to attend esports events will rise rapidly; and that there will be a general leap forward in quality of games in the next 24 months.Below is a guest piece by David Fenlon of Proxima Group. Commoditization of gamesAs gamers we appear to have split personalities when it comes to our gaming demands.On the one hand we expect an established franchise to blow our collective minds (and we complain bitterly if even a tiny aspect does not meet our expectations), whilst at the same time being perfectly happy to spend hours on a mindless app which has atrocious gameplay.Established publishers previously ignored this odd behavior as they could point out how much better their game was compared to their mobile counterparts and charge accordingly. However, the lines between the two standpoints are blurring as everything becomes more digitized, and more companies exploit this demand discrepancy. This changes the dynamics of the market and is very good for gamers in terms of bang for your buck.Gameplay on mobile has come a long way since Snake 2The quality of gameplay on smartphones is improving very quickly. Comparing Honour of Kings to League of Legends (both part of the Tencent portfolio) is a case in point. There is very little difference between them visually, and the gameplay is practically identical.The complexity of the more intricate console games are out of reach of the smartphone segment of the market for the moment, but one wonders how long this will last. This does not bode well for the high -nd console publishers whose dominance is being challenged by the converging of these markets.It seems as more money flows into mobile from a rapidly expanding audience this converging trend will continue at pace.“The good news is that buying games is going to get cheaper and the potential experience is going to get a hell of a lot better”Gamers will pay less and get a better experienceSo what does this all mean for gamers? Well, the good news is that buying games is going to get cheaper and the potential experience is going to get a hell of a lot better.Reports from the media world have suggested that we have hit content saturation point i.e. we don’t have the capacity to consume more content across any channel, even if we dual screen. So, the landscape has changed from grabbing a gamer’s attention to retaining it. This means that the current price of c. £50 for an installment of a franchise is unsustainable because the audience will drift to far cheaper mobile games which derive their profits from in-game revenue. Crucially, once they are hooked in, they’ll stay there. So the big franchises are going to have to drop their prices and try to make up the difference from revenue in-game.Also, Proxima’s own research into the big players shows that publishers are piling money into R&D. Annual R&D budgets have risen in excess of 40% over the last five years and this trend is accelerating. It’s an arms race to provide the most awesome experience possible. This is great for gamers as they’ll be paying less for a much better experience.“Our experience from the music industry suggests that when the big publishers lose margin on the main product sales, they raise prices at live events to drive growth”It also suggests that meaningful in-game purchase enhancements are being considered from the outset of production, rather than as an afterthought to screw more money out of the consumer.Unfortunately, esports will become more expensive very soonSadly, these trends are not necessarily good news for those who want to continue to attend or watch esports cheaply.Our experience from the music industry suggests that when the big publishers lose margin on the main product sales, they raise prices at live events to drive growth. This is particularly acute when they engage someone else to organise the event for them. In the instance of esports both professional teams which have been franchised, and series organisers tasked with delivering the event, will be looking for their money back quickly.That said, esports are great advertising opportunities for brands, meaning that budget on the experience is likely to go up as well. So, you’ll be spending more but the event should be better. The sun is shining, so it’s time to make hayIt turns out that the industry catering to gamer’s “odd behaviour” has created a situation where we as gamers have more choice, better prices and better gaming experiences. This is all happening whilst esports is still relatively cheap. However, this is only a transitional state, not a permanent one. Once a new order is established prices will rise again. It’s time to take advantage whilst the going is good!last_img read more

FNB named world’s most innovative bank

first_img1 November 2012South Africa’s First National Bank (FNB), a division of FirstRand Limited, was named the world’s most innovative bank of the year at the 2012 BAI-Finacle Global Banking Innovation Awards.Announced in Washington, DC on 10 October, the BAI-Finacle Global Banking Innovation Awards were chosen from more than 150 entries from over 30 countries “for breakthrough innovations that positively impact banks and their customers”, the awards website states.Now in their second year, the awards are run by BAI and Infosys, with winners chosen by an independent panel comprising “prominent industry thought-leaders, academics and retail banking professionals” from around the world.The panel praised FNB’s innovative culture, noting that the bank runs an internal competition that formally encourages and supports innovation, empowering business units within the bank to innovate through leadership buy-in and advocacy.“Effectively, every employee can be an innovator and can change the way we conduct business,” FNB CEO Michael Jordaan said in a statement. “This is an inversion of the historical top-down application of corporate strategies.“With the concept of innovation we have created a far-reaching ethos of creativity, and we can see colleagues across Africa and India applying themselves to their jobs with a heightened sense of insight and innovation.”eWalletThe bank’s eWallet, a mobile money transfer solution launched in 2009, was also named as a finalist in the Product/Service Innovation category of the competition.The eWallet service allows customers to send money to anyone in South Africa with a valid mobile phone number. Funds can be transferred instantly, and the recipient receives a text message indicating that funds have been sent to their mobile phone.The recipient is then able to withdraw cash at FNB ATMs, buy pre-paid airtime or electricity, send money to another phone, purchase and/or get cash at selected retailers, as well as make once-off payments.In April, FNB announced that more than one-million eWallets had been created, and over R1.6-billion paid into them, since the launch of the service.Banking AppIn July 2011, FNB followed up on eWallet by launching the FNB Banking Application, an “app” that gives users of smartphones and tablet computer devices easy access to their accounts online.Since then – and with most of FNB’s competitors following FNB’s lead in launching their own apps – the bank has regularly added enhancements to widen the app target audience and give customers more functionality.The latest enhancements, announced this week, enable FNB customers with smart phones or tablets to register and use the Banking App without the need of a pre- existing online banking profile.“This latest development will enable us to extend the reach of the App to all FNB customers with a smart device, and not just those registered for online banking,” Farren Roper, head of FNB Connect ISP and Business Operations, said in a statement on Monday.“With South African smart device penetration consistently on the increase, and with FNB doing its part to facilitate smartphone and tablet take up even faster, we are accelerating the growth of our App base.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Philippines sets new gold medal record in Arafura Games

first_imgDuterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Philippine delegation in the Arafura Games. Photo from Team Phil – Arafura Games Facebook.MANILA, Philippines–The Philippine delegation collected 10 more gold medals Monday to eclipse its golden haul in the previous edition of the Arafura Games.The Filipino athletes now have 28 gold medals after the third day of competitions which is one more than the last time the games were held eight years ago.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH PLAY LIST 05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:48Trump awards Penske Presidential Medal02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PBA D-League: Diliman College-Gerry’s routs Wangs to stay in playoff hunt Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The latest to banner the country’s campaign were swimmers Zoe Marie Hilario, Ivo Nikolai Enot, John Paul Elises, Samuel Alcos and Yarra’s Ray Martin John Martin, who all took home gold medals in record-setting fashion.Hilario, actually, bagged two golds highlighted by her record finish in the 15 to 16-year-old 200m backstroke where she clocked two minutes and 30.63 seconds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsIn athletics, Romel Bautista won the men’s 400m hurdles, while the men’s and women’s 4x400m relay captured the gold.Boxing starts Wednesday at Darwin Convention Centre where Ariel Lampacan will also compete in Muay while the basketball team goes up against New Caledonia at Marrara Indoor Stadium.last_img read more

10 months agoTrabzonspor wonderkid Abdulkadir Omur on Liverpool radar

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Trabzonspor wonderkid Abdulkadir Omur on Liverpool radarby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTrabzonspor wonderkid Abdulkadir Omur is on Liverpool’s radar.The Mirror says Liverpool are interested in landing Omur in a £27 million move as they line up a long-term replacement for Adam Lallana.Jurgen Klopp is poised to beat off a challenge from Premier League champions Manchester City to sign Omur who is rated as the best young player in Turkish football.Klopp has been keeping tabs on Omur, 19, since he broke into Trabzonspor’s first team last season and is said to be looking to get his man this month.Trabzonspor would like to keep Omur until the end of the season but it all depends on if England international Lallana is still at the club. last_img read more

Videos: West Virginia Fans Storm Court After Mountaineers Knock Off No. 1 Kansas

first_imgWest Virginia fans storm court after win over Kansas.Vine/ESPN College BBallThis college basketball season continues to be pretty unpredictable. No. 1 Kansas traveled to Morgantown to face No. 11 West Virginia tonight, and left with a 74-63 loss, just the Jayhawks’ second of the year. Moments after the final buzzer, Mountaineer fans stormed the court in a big way.West Virginia students casually strolling down the stairs from the rafters for the court storm.— OUHoops (@ouhoops) January 13, 2016Cue up John Denver, because West Virginia just knocked off No. 1 Kansas:— SB Nation CBB (@SBNationCBB) January 13, 2016Torcida de West Virginia simplesmente SENSACIONAL após o fim do jogo!!— NBA NA TV (@NBANATV) January 13, 2016 No one is safe atop the polls this season.last_img read more

Woman gets up close and personal with bear alongside Labrador highway

first_imgLABRADOR CITY, N.L. – A woman driving through Labrador had a close encounter with a curious bear who appears to be making the rounds in the area.Lisa Baikie was driving on route 500 from Labrador City to Goose Bay on Sunday when she noticed a bear on the side of the road.She pulled over to take pictures of the animal and show her children, when the bear walked up to the passenger side of her car and popped up against the window.A video she took shows the bear — swarmed by mosquitoes — staring directly into the car and sniffing at the window before walking around to the back.Baikie says she was there for about 10 minutes before leaving, with the bear remaining on the road as it watched her drive away.On her Facebook page, people commented that they had seen a similar looking bear in the same area.(VOCM)last_img read more

A bittersweet ending to college

I never thought a football game could make me sad. I certainly never expected to have tears in my eyes at the end of one.I’ve experienced various sentiments at games — excitement, boredom, exhaustion, disappointment — but never before have I felt any degree of sorrow, even when my team loses. Instead of crying, punching walls or getting in fights at bars the way that some Ohio State fans do, I get over losses pretty quickly. I like football, but I just don’t think it’s that big of a deal.The game against Iowa was my last as an OSU student and the full realization of this happened to hit me during the fourth quarter of the game.Things started out the same as any other OSU game I’ve attended. A super-drunk frat boy fell flat on his face and had to be picked up by four of his friends right outside the stadium. Everyone sitting around me was drunk, yelling obscenities and being generally ridiculous. And of course, strangers high-fived excessively through the whole game.I got tired of standing after the first quarter, as usual. A drunk kid near us engaged my boyfriend in captivating conversations about John Goodman, hot girls and whether he thought Chinese food could give you AIDS.OSU fans are crazy and have never failed to bring me amusement. It can be annoying at times, like when a drunk kid keeps running in to you or worse, vomits nearby, or when there is a serial farter sitting by you.But Saturday was different for some reason. I wasn’t annoyed, and when the game went into overtime and the cheering in the stadium was at its loudest, I couldn’t help but get nostalgic. I’d never seen an OSU game go into overtime before and I’ve only seen a few close games in my four years here.The four years of college that I thought would never end are about to. I have one quarter left and this exciting game was my last as a student.Looking around and seeing the thousands of people in red not only made me proud to be an OSU student, but grateful for the experience I’ve had at OSU and thankful I made the decision to come here four years ago.The fact that anywhere you go in the country, someone will yell “I-O!” back to your “O-H!” is such an awesome thing. There are things about OSU that can’t be experienced anywhere else, and Saturday I got to really feel that and be a part of one such experience.I didn’t come to OSU because of the football team, and it’s not the most important thing about college for me. But it is one part of it, and Saturday, for one last time, I could get that feeling of pride that can only come from being in the stands at an OSU game.It sounds cheesy, but I couldn’t help but think of other games I’d gone to, and with that, about the rest of my four years at OSU. I’m lucky for the time I’ve had here, for what I’ve learned and how I’ve grown as a person.I found myself tearing up for a split second. It was bittersweet; the win was exciting but the end of the game signaled the last time, at least for awhile, that I would be in the stadium.Drunk, ridiculous fans are all part of an OSU game, just like having to stand for the whole time, paying $50 for a soft pretzel and being crushed by the crowds of people at the end.I wouldn’t trade my time at OSU for anything, and though football doesn’t mean as much to me as it does to some at OSU, the games and all that goes along with them are a big part of the OSU experience.The Iowa game made me realize that and it made me realize I was happy and fortunate to be a Buckeye. read more

Ohio State mens ice hockey gearing up for 201415 campaign

Then-sophomore defender Craig Dalrymple (24) skates past a Bowling Green defender Oct. 29, 2013 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 5-3.Credit: Lantern file photoMore than six months after losing the Big Ten Championship in overtime, the Ohio State men’s hockey team is set for its first exhibition of the season on Saturday afternoon in Columbus.The Buckeyes’ exhibition against the University of Guelph will mark the first step in their quest for a NCAA tournament berth, something they’ve been denied for five straight years.Junior defenseman and alternate captain Sam Jardine said the sting of missing last season’s tournament was magnified for this year’s seniors — who have endured three years of postseason disappointment.Before last season’s 5-4 overtime loss to Wisconsin in Big Ten Championship, the Buckeyes failed to make the final round of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs in 2012 and 2013.“The veterans returning have a real bitter attitude toward the way things finished last year,” Jardine said. “It’s been good motivation.”While OSU has eight seniors on this season’s roster, coach Steve Rohlik said the departure of two upperclassmen has created questions for the Buckeyes’ offense.“We’re going to have to have a lot of guys score eight goals,” Rohlik said. “We’re going to have to score by committee and we’re going to have to be good at special teams.”Forwards Max McCormick and Ryan Dzingel, who combined for 24.5 percent of OSU’s scoring last season, both signed contracts with the Ottawa Senators during the offseason.Senior forward captain Tanner Fritz is the team’s top offensive returner. Fritz finished last season with the third-most points on the team (32) despite battling an injury that kept him out of the lineup for five games.Even with Fritz, OSU will have to get offensive contributions from all four lines to compensate for its losses, Jardine said.“The best teams do score by committee,” Jardine said. “I’m personally not worried about our team and the ability to score goals.”Freshmen gave the Buckeyes offensive support last season as first-years combined for 23 goals. Sophomore forward Nick Schilkey led OSU rookies in points with 13 goals and 13 assists.Saturday’s exhibition will give Rohlik his first opportunity to see this season’s seven freshmen compete against college-level competition.“I see a lot of guys playing because I think everyone on our roster can contribute right now,” Rohlik said.The Buckeyes’ returners have already had an opportunity to see the team’s new crop in practice. Fritz said he’s pleased with the class and has made special note of forwards Nicholas Jones and Matt Weis.“There’s two guys that have a ton of skills and read the game well,” Fritz said.Following a year where OSU had six different goalies on its roster, it will start the season with three goalies on its depth chart.Sophomore goalie Christian Frey joined Fritz, Schilkey and sophomore defenseman Drew Brevig on the Big Ten Preseason Players to Watch list. Frey joined OSU midway through last season after playing in the USHL, finishing with a 2.27 goals against average and .929 save percentage in 16 games.Rohlik noted that sophomore goalies Matt Tomkins and Logan Davis will also compete for the starting role.Rohlik said that senior defenseman Craig Dalrymple has not skated at 100 percent this season due to injury, but added the rest of OSU’s lineup is healthy.Fritz reported that he’d been felt an “aching feeling” in his leg during off-ice workouts, but said he underwent a precautionary MRI this week and the injury was not serious.The Buckeyes are scheduled to drop the puck at 4:30 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

Football Greg Schiano staying with Ohio State despite NFL rumors

Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano speaks to the media on Dec. 27 prior to the 2017 Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State raked in its best statistical recruiting class under head coach Urban Meyer with two more commitments on National Signing Day, but that wasn’t the biggest news for the Buckeyes when looking at the 2018 season.After rumors circulating that defensive coordinator and safeties coach Greg Schiano was expected to take the vacant New England Patriots defensive coordinator position, Schiano apparently spoke with Sports Illustrated’s Bruce Feldman to set the record straight that he was remaining at Ohio State next season.Greg Schiano tells me he is staying at #OhioState contrary to reports from Monday that he was leaving for the Patriots. Big day for the Buckeyes. Schiano played a key part in landing top OT Nick Petit-Frere out of Tampa.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) February 7, 2018It’s been a turbulent offseason for the Ohio State coaching staff with reports that quarterbacks coach and co-offensive coordinator Ryan Day would leave to become the Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator — he eventually was promoted to offensive coordinator to stay with the Buckeyes — and cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs signing on to become the Titans cornerbacks coach. Coombs was one of Ohio State’s most integral recruiters and position coaches, having produced four first-round picks from his position group in the last four drafts, so losing Schiano would’ve been another blow to the defensive outlook of Ohio State, as well as its recruiting prowess.Schiano said he does have aspirations of becoming a head coach, but that doesn’t have to happen. Adds he loves what he’s doing right now.— Edward Sutelan (@EdwardSutelan) February 7, 2018 read more