Nobel Prize 2016 — Seminar & Dinner with Michael Kosterlitz

Yesterday, APCTP organized a special lecture and dinner with professor Michael Kosterlitz and his wife Berit Kosterlitz.

Michael’s shown the contributions that led him to the Nobel prize in 2016. He also told us how good he was in climbing, and that he chose some of his first postdoc positions based on the mountains surrounding the cities.

His wife, Berit Kosterlitz, is very entertaining, she told us all sort of funny stories, some details on the Nobel prize backstage, and how in the 1960s she was invited by her friends to go to a concert of a new band in Cambridge, but Berit decided not to go because she thought that a band with a name of insects shouldn’t be good enough.

Anyway, it was a memorable dinner!

 

Long words

Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis 
Oxford English Dictionary: it is “an artificial long word said to mean a lung disease caused by inhaling very fine ash and sand dust.”
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In Portuguese, (wikipedia says that, and I believe) the longest word is
Pneumoultramicroscopicossilicovulcanoconioticozinhos
presumably, it’s the Portuguese version of pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. . .  The longest word that I know how to speak is
Anticonstitucionalissimamente

The Ultimate Rejection Letter

Original here

Herbert A. Millington
Chair – Search Committee
412A Clarkson Hall, Whitson University
College Hill, MA 34109

Dear Professor Millington,

Thank you for your letter of March 16. After careful consideration, I
regret to inform you that I am unable to accept your refusal to offer me
an assistant professor position in your department.

This year I have been particularly fortunate in receiving an unusually
large number of rejection letters. With such a varied and promising field
of candidates, it is impossible for me to accept all refusals.

Despite Whitson’s outstanding qualifications and previous experience in
rejecting applicants, I find that your rejection does not meet my needs at
this time. Therefore, I will assume the position of assistant professor
in your department this August. I look forward to seeing you then.

Best of luck in rejecting future applicants.

Sincerely,
Chris L. Jensen