The Atomic Nucleus: Janusian Aspects and Human Existence

Amusa, A. (1991-01-26)


An inaugural lecture can take various forms depending on the speaker, his interests, and his disposition to problems in his field. Some of the several forms it can take are as follows: • an exposition of the past and I or ongoing scholastic efforts of the Professor, • an exposition of what one would like to be, a future direction of research and development in one's area of work internationally or within one's nation. • an exposition of past, present works and / or future projections in areas related to, or that could be beneficial to one's specialty. • an exposition of special or specific problems facing one's specialty with a view to -amelioratingthem and thus leading to maximum benefit sbeing derived from efforts in one's field, and • a general historical and philosophical overview of one's specialty for the sole purpose of enlightening the public and perhaps helping to make meaningful future projections in one's field. Before we go into the actual form adopted for this discourse, it would be useful to pass some remarks which could help this august audience in seeing the need for the choice made herein., This speaker became a Professor of Nuclear Physics more than fifteen years ago. He could thus be tagged an 'old' Professor as opposed to a 'recent' or 'eaglet' Professor on campus. Given this length of one's tenure as a Professor, it is/perhaps not totally inappropriate if anyone has a tendency to regard this lecture as belonging to the valedictory genre as opposed to its being an inaugural one. This is, however, an inaugural lecture even though a form suited to a valedictory lecture is adopted here. The obvious advantage of this approach is that one is able to focus better on the peculiarity, and .problems in one's field based on 'one's experience world - wide and in this our Third World setting.