 
Summary: There have been a number
of exciting developments
here in recent months. One of
these is related to mathemat
ics, the language of physics.
Because math provides the
common reference point for
all of physics (it is no accident
that Isaac Newton invented
both calculus and the laws
of mechanics), we have
had a longstanding goal of
building a deeper and stronger connection
with the Department of Mathematics here at
UCSB. Towards this end, the Math and Physics
Departments initiated a joint search for a faculty
member who could effectively bridge the gap
between the disciplines of pure mathematics
and theoretical physics. Our search achieved a
major milestone when two of the world's lead
