6th Rome Joint Workshop:
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Weird Theoretical Ideas
(Thinking outside the box)
Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati ( High Energy Building, B. Touschek Auditorium and Seminar Room (1st floor) )
Aim of the workshop:
In spite of its consolidated experimental success, the Standard Model of particle physics falls short of describing all observed phenomena. Elegant and well motivated theoretical ideas, such as Supersymmetry, Technicolor or Grand Unification, have so far found no support from experimental results. The longed-for discovery of some kind of physics beyond the Standard Model, that could guide us to replace these ideas with new theoretical paradigms, has so far escaped all experimental efforts. Given this situation, any serious attempt to approach the incompleteness of the Standard Model from originally different and unconventional perspectives should receive proper consideration. Fearless exploration outside the box might provide more insights than lengthy struggles through standard thinking.
During this 3-day workshop we plan to review some recent attempts to approach fundamental physics issues from non standard perspectives. We plan to have only two or three talks each day and plenty of time to analyze jointly the good and bad of the various proposals, confront ideas and discuss.
Scientific Program and Speakers:
John Donoghue (Massachusetts U., Amherst)
Gia Dvali (LMU, ASC & MPI, Munich & NYU, CCPP, New York)
Matthew McCullough (CERN)