The meeting started on Sunday night when David Gross was awarded with the title of Doctor Honoris Causa given by the
On Monday there were two good talks, one about cosmic inflation by Viatcheslav Mukhanov and another on astroparticle physics given by Angela Olinto. Angela is a Brazilian physicist and the chair of the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at
In the evening we had a round table on the anthropic principle. Originally Susskind had been invited and it seemed natural to have such a round table. But then he cancelled his participation and the round table was kept in the program. It was something surreal. Nobody in the table was in favor of the anthropic principle. Hitoshi Murayama presented some points pro the anthropic principle and then everybody, including Murayama , talked against it.
On Tuesday we had a very good talk on the physics beyond the standard model given by Murayama. He presented many usual topics like the hierarchy problem from a new perspective. In the afternoon Burt Ovrut talked on the heterotic string, the standard model and cosmology. Again, too technical and it was very hard to follow him.
On Wednesday we had an experimental plenary talk given by Guenakh Mitselmakher on the LHC. It seems they will start to collect data only in the spring of 2008. In the afternoon David Gross gave a talk on string theory, The Coming Revolutions in Fundamental Physics. I think it is the first time the experimentalists in
There were many short oral and panel presentations. My feeling is that there was more work done in string theory than last year. This is good news.
The talks are already available in the homepage.