Sidney Coleman’s Harvard

June 14, 2016
Sidney Coleman's photo

If some crucial deadline kept you working to the wee hours of the morning in your office in the Harvard Physics buildings in the late ’60s or the ’70s, you were likely to see a silent, solitary figure wandering the halls, deep in thought. This was not the ghost of Albert Einstein (although there was an uncanny resemblance). It was Sidney Coleman, one of the great minds and characters in particle physics and quantum field theory. With his remarkable intellect and his unique persona, Sidney put his personal stamp on theoretical physics at Harvard for decades...

Prof. Howard Georgi's talk at the April 2016 APS meeting in Salt Lake City, in which he reminisces about Sidney Colman's Harvard years, is now available on arXiv: