Dmitri Khveshchenko (North Carolina)
In spite of many interesting developments, the overall progress towards a systematic study and classification of various 'strange' metallic states of matter has so far been rather slow. To that end, it was argued that a recent proliferation of the ideas of holographic correspondence originating from string theory might offer a possible way out of the stalemate. However, despite a flurry of recent applications of the broadly defined holographic conjecture to a variety of condensed matter problems, the validity of this intriguing approach remains anything but firmly established. This discussion aims at ascertaining its true status and elucidating the conditions under which its predictions may indeed be right (albeit, possibly, for a wrong reason).