By B. G. Sidharth

Presently after its inauguration in 1985 the Birla technology Centre, Hyderabad, India, all started a chain of lectures via Nobel Laureates and different scientists of overseas renown, totally on Physics and Astronomy. the current assortment often comprises lectures on frontier subject matters. The transcript of every lecture is preceded by way of a brief biography of the Nobel Laureate/Scientist in query. The lectures are geared toward a large non-specialist yet larger knowledgeable viewers.

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I must express my gratitude to Dr. G. Sidharth, Director of the Birla Science Centre, for all he has done to make the arrangements for the travel here and the stay here of my wife and myself so pleasant and so comfortable. Finally we are most grateful to Mr. and Mrs. P. Birla for their gracious hospitality at their home and its beautiful gardens here in Hyderabad. M. Birla was a very great man – an industrialist with great interest and participation in science, engineering and education. He was very public spirited and founded a number of institutions for the education of young and old alike.

Birla and have decided upon Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson wrote our Declaration of Independence and was our third President. He was the owner of a large agricultural estate in the state of Virginia and managed it with close attention to details. In those days the workers on such estates were considered to be slaves, but Jefferson was kind and generous to his slaves in contrast to many other landowners at the time. Jefferson founded the University of Virginia and interested himself in science and invention.

I do, and I hope you do too. References 1. G. S. S. E. Norris, to be published (1990). 2. W. Cameron Essays in Nuclear Astrophysics, eds. A. D. N. Schramm, Cambridge University Press (1982), p. 23. 3. A. A. Fowler (1989): Ωb = 1/40, Ap. J. 345, L5 (1989). 4. A. A. Fowler (1989): Ωb = 1, fv R ≥ 10, R ≡ ratio of density in proton rich region to density in neutron rich region. The Long-Term Future of Particle Accelerators Simon van der Meer CERN, Geneva, Switzerland Fig. 1. Simon van der Meer with Mrs.

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