On the first Solvay Congress in 1911

  title={On the first Solvay Congress in 1911},
  author={Norbert Straumann},
  journal={The European Physical Journal H},
  • N. Straumann
  • Published 17 September 2011
  • Physics
  • The European Physical Journal H
Late in October 1911, eighteen leading scientists from all over Europe met to the first of a famous sequence of Solvay conferences in Brussels. This historical meeting was mainly devoted to “The Theory of Radiation and the Quanta”, at a time when the foundations of physics were totally shaken. Although “nothing positive came out” (Einstein), it is interesting to see the diverging attitudes of Europe’s most famous scientists in the middle of the quantum revolution. After a few general remarks… 
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