The second day of this year’s Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting began with a morning of plenary sessions by six of the Laureates and an afternoon of panel discussions.
To capture the live tweeting around these talks, as well as video and blog content, we have created a Storify storyboard.
Do check back as we’ll be updating it as more coverage is published, as well as creating additional Storifys for each day of the rest of the conference. You can find Monday’s Storify here.
Below is a short summary of the latest blogging coverage over at the Lindau Nobel Community site, but make sure you keep an eye on the English blog for more news, interviews and opinion pieces.
Lindau blogger, Juan García-Bellido reviews the first set of Monday’s plenary lectures. This included a talk by Nobel Laureate Brian Schmidt on, “Observations, and the Standard Model of Cosmology.”
What surprised me was that Schmidt gave a rather technical talk, although very complete, full of formulae, masterfully describing concepts as difficult as event horizons and conformal diagrams of the expansion of the Universe, showing detailed expressions for the luminosity distance as a function of redshift and other cosmological parameters. I got the impression that I was attending one of the many conferences on cosmology that I regularly attend. It is true that students who filled the room are selected among the most brilliant in the world, and for them coming to Lindau can be seen as a reward, so it is perfectly possible that many of them knew in advance some of these concepts.
Hear more of Juan’s thoughts in his summary.
If the first session of plenary lectures focusing on cosmology made us feel somewhat insignificant compared to the huge time scales involved in studying the universe, the second set of talks underlined how dramatic man’s impact on Earth has been and the challenges facing scientists in communicating this.
Continue to his post for more pictures.
Lindau attendee, Heather Gray, originally from South Africa and currently working at CERN, is producing a video diary to document her time at the meeting. Lindau blogger, Kelly Oakes, caught up with her before the start of the meeting to find out what a day’s work at CERN is really like – and what she could tell us about the hunt for the Higgs boson.
Find out more in the video above and in Kelly’s post.