1927 Solvay Conference





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Published on Oct 25, 2008

The most known people who participated in the conference were Ervin Schrodinger, Niels Bohr, Werner Heisenberg, Auguste Piccard, Paul Dirac, Max Born, Wolfgang Pauli, Louis de Broglie, Marie Curie, Hendrik Lorentz, Albert Einstein and others.

The film opens with quick shots of Erwin Schrodinger and Niels Bohr. Auguste Piccard of the University of Brussels follows and then the camera re-focuses on Schrodinger and Bohr.

Schrodinger who developed wave mechanics never agreed with Bohr on quantum mechanics.
Solvay gave Heisenberg an opportunity to discuss his new uncertainty principle theory.
Max Born's statistical interpretation of the wave function ended determinism in atomic world.
These men - Bohr, Heisenberg, Kramers, Dirac and Born together with Born represent the founding fathers of quantum mechanics.
Louis de Broglie wrote his dissertation on the wave nature of matter which Schrodinger used as basis for wave mechanics.
Albert Einstein whose famous response to Born's statistical interpretation of wave function was "God does not play dice."

Twenty-nine physicists, the main quantum theorists of the day, came together to discuss the topic "Electrons and Photons". Seventeen of the 29 attendees were or became Nobel Prize winners.

Following is a "home movie" shot by Irving Langmuir, (the 1932 Nobel Prize winner in chemistry). It captures 2 minutes of an intermission in the proceedings. Twenty-one of the 29 attendees are on the film.


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