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FQXi Administrator Anthony Aguirre wrote on Jul. 30, 2007 @ 16:54 GMT
I've recently returned from FQXI's inaugural conference in Reykjavik Iceland.
The Rift
On the Glacier

After seeing (and driving through) the rift between the Atlantic and European plates, and later being told that the holes in the glacier we were avoiding go down 400m, I've come to appreciate even the more practical side of foundational questions, as well as the beauty of Iceland.

Some attendees at Gulfoss (hi-res version below)

But more so, I really appreciated the wonderful group of people we managed to get together to talk seriously (well sometimes) about some of the most biggest questions one can imagine. While Max & I spent a a good bit of time at the conference on some high-level decision-making ("OK, we have three helmets, but only one shield. Who gets the shield", "The underdog gets the shield.", "OK. Who gets the Axe?", "Anyone going over twenty minutes!", etc.) it was nonetheless great to meet and connect with a lot of truly interesting people.

More pictures, videos of talks, etc., will be appearing on this site in due time, and attendees are invited to email us any particularly fun pictures they want to share.


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Member Antony Garrett Lisi wrote on Aug. 1, 2007 @ 18:50 GMT
This conference really was a heck of a lot of fun. I have some pictures up for grabs here:

FQXi conference pictures

I especially like the picture of you, Wen, and Max With The Axe. (I think he may have liked that axe a little too much -- you were more merciful with the sword.)

There are so many wonderful conversations and experiences still swimming around in my head from this conference that it's a bit much to describe. It was great to talk with people who have done important work, as well as with people working on new ideas. Quite a talented and eclectic mix, all interested in foundational physics. And I could go on for a few pages just about the Icelandic seafood, but I'll just say:

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish!

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