Archive for June 12, 2018

R.I.P. Bepi Tormen (1962-2018)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on June 12, 2018 by telescoper

Once again I find myself having to use this blog to pass on some desperately sad news. Giuseppe Tormen, universally known as Bepi, passed away on Sunday 10th June at the age of 56.

I knew Bepi mainly from the many visits I made to Padova in the 1990s and early 2000s. As well as many other useful and enjoyable interactions I had with him, Bepi also helped enormously in proving detailed comments and numerous corrections for the book I co-wrote with Francesco Lucchin. His contributions to cosmology were many and varied, but were always characterised by the same very high standard of integrity, insight, diligence and careful accuracy. He was widely admired as an excellent scientist and splendid colleague.

Bepi had been bravely fighting cancer for some time, having defied a very poor prognosis for several years with the aid of experimental treatment, but most recently he developed a brain tumour which sadly proved terminal. My deepest condolences go to his family, friends and colleagues.

Rest in peace, Bepi Tormen (1962-2018).

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Bad Godesberg Goody Bag

Posted in Biographical, The Universe and Stuff with tags , , , , on June 12, 2018 by telescoper

So here I am, then, at the start of Day 2 of Euclid 2018 in Bad Godesberg. The morning session contains a number of talks giving updates from the various Science Working Groups related to Euclid. After yesterday’s talks had finished I checked into my hotel which is nice, and then headed off via the Stadtbahn (local underground system) to a pleasant reception of drinks and nibbles in the University of Bonn. I’m very impressed with the local public transport, by the way. With my hotel booking I received a pass giving free unlimited on all buses, trams, overground and underground trains in the area. I’ll post more about the meeting later if I get time, but in the meantime I thought I’d show the contents of the conference Goody Bag: I’ve got quite a collection of conference bags that I’ve accumulated over the years, but this is the first one I’ve got that’s a lurid green colour. There’s a mug and a bag of Haribo sweets (which, I’m told, originate in Bonn). There is also a book which I looked at last night. I found it rather lacking in both plot and character development, but that is largely attributable to the fact that all the pages are blank. The final item, which I originally thought was some form of specimen jar, turns out to be a glass for Kölsch, a kind of beer brewed in Cologne.