A Blast from a Past Texas Symposium 

I got into my office in Maynooth a little late this morning as I was moving some things into my new flat, the keys to which I duly received yesterday. I didn’t move in last night as I had already paid for last night’s accommodation in St Patrick’s College, as well as breakfast, so thought it was silly to waste my last night there.

It turned out to be a good decision. Breakfast is served in Putin Pugin Hall and on Thursdays the seminarians get a cooked breakfast. Normally guests are only entitled to a continental breakfast but since this was my last morning the friendly lady in charge said I could help myself to the full Irish. I have to say that the staff at St Patrick’s have been absolutely lovely – very friendly and helpful – so I was a little sad leaving, but it will be nice to settle into my own place.

Anyway, duly checked out, I came into the Department of Theoretical Physics and made myself a cup of tea. While I was waiting for the kettle I looked in the pile of books in the staff room and found this:

This is the proceedings of the 15th Texas Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics, which was held in Brighton in December 1990 (just after I had left Sussex University for Queen Mary, London).  I did go back to Brighton from London for this, but actually don’t remember that much about it!  Twenty seven years is a long time!

Anyway, these meetings  are held every other year, sometimes in association with other meetings, e.g. the CERN-ESO Symposium in the case above, and there’s one going on right now, the 29th Texas Symposium in Cape Town, South Africa.



7 Responses to “A Blast from a Past Texas Symposium ”

  1. Bryn Jones Says:

    Why was the Texas Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics held in Sussex, not in Texas?

    • telescoper Says:

      It texas too long to get there.

    • Bryn Jones Says:

      Yes, I had understood that the series took its name from the first meeting’s location, but I’ve wondered why they didn’t have a different name for about half the time they’ve been going.

    • I mean I’ve wondered for half the time they’ve been going why the name still referred to the original location. I’m not old enough to have wondered about it for the entire length they’ve been going (though I may look old enough to have done).

    • I’ve wondered the same thing about the Moriond conferences.

    • Bryn Jones Says:


      A very small number of conference proceedings are edited so well that the volume is worth reading as much in entirety as time allows.

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