2004 Quadrennial Congress of Sigma Pi Sigma was a remarkable
experience for me. There were numerous key events that were
informative. The talks and presentations gave me new insights
into various aspects of physics. In addition to the Congress,
the sites and the location were interesting.
had the chance to communicate with many leading scientists
such as Jocelyn Bell Burnell and Carl E. Wieman. I was truly
inspired by their achievements and contributions that they
have made to the scientific community and to the world at
large. I received a number of their autographs. And I was
able to take photos with these famous scientists. The discussions
carried out by these individuals were captivating.
Pi Sigma members visit during a break between sessions
at the 2004 Quadrennial Congress.
themes (Heritage: A century of Physics and Promise: Good
Science and Good Ethics) for the Congress were fitting.
The Congress program was remarkable. The food was great.
I enjoyed all the talks from the speakers. Additionally,
the speakers gave presentations that are motivational. Some
of the speakers gave me insights. These speakers include
John Ridgen: Legacy and Hope; Carl E Wieman: Bose Einstein
Condensation; Joycelyn Bell Burnell: Pulsars and extreme
physics and Mildred Dresselhaus: Ethics in Physics. Ninety
five percent of the universe is Hydrogen. So I now know
ninety five percent of astrophysics. The poster presentations
were informative. And the participants at the conference
interesting aspect of this trip to Albuquerque, New Mexico
is the uniqueness of the place itself. Surprisingly, it
was snowing on the day of our arrival. “Snow in the
Fall!” This was my first reaction, being from Antigua.
University of New Mexico has excellent facilities. The Student
Union building is spacious and modern, and the sculptures
on the grounds of the university are creative. Also the
landscape is awesome. It portrays creativity. The bare,
dry, rocky and irregular shaped mountains surrounding the
city of Albuquerque create a spectacle. No wonder Albuquerque
has the longest tram station in the world. Also the restaurants
there serve excellent food.
Worth Seagondollar addresses a packed ballroom during
the Saturday evening dinner banquet. Dr. Seagondollar
spoke about his experiences as a young man working
on the Trinity experiment at White Sands Missile Range,
another important aspect was our trip to the historical
Trinity site. This is a learning experience for me. I can
now say that I visited an important place to the Manhattan
project. I was indeed privileged to see the McDonald House
where the bomb was assembled. I was also privileged to see
the location where the explosion took place and to see remnants
of the explosion such as the trinitite, the green crystal
materials, and the remnants of the footing of the tower.
I had the opportunity to see some of the scientists in the
photos that worked on the project at the Trinity site. Notably,
I was elated that one of the scientists that worked on the
project shared his experience with us. L. Worth Seagondollar
shared some of his experiences with us during the time he
worked on the project. I see this site as a vital part of
the scientific breakthrough and discoveries that have impacted
society. The invention of the atomic bomb brought an abrupt
end to World War II thus creating peace in the world.
me the 2004 Quadrennial Congress of Sigma Pi Sigma was indeed
enjoyable. New Mexico itself has a unique landscape. The
University of New Mexico facilitated the event well. An
opportunity was created for us to visit the Trinity site.
But most importantly I am honored to be among the friendly
members of Sigma Pi Sigma.