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Einstein’s Witches’ Sabbath and the Early Solvay Councils

The Untold Story

by Frits Berends (author), Franklin Lambert (author)
november 2021
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160 x 240 format 316 pages In stock
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BEFORE WORLD WAR II there were no regular international physics conferences, with the notable exception of seven « SOLVAY COUNCILS ». The first Council in 1911 was the result of a miraculous chain of events. Impressed by Einstein’s specific heat paper, Nernst wanted its quantum basis to be discussed by international experts. By a series of coincidences the planned « summit » was convened by Solvay, the Belgian industrialist and Maecenas. Thanks to chairman Lorentz, the meeting was so successful that to this day similar Councils have been convened by the International Physics Institute, founded by Solvay and supported by his family. Lorentz chaired five Councils that testify to the transition from classical to modern physics. The first stimulated the physicists’ interest in the quantum problem. The fifth, in 1927, solved the problem by marking, according to Heisenberg, the completion of Quantum Mechanics. The book focuses on the personal relations between the physicists who actively participated in the quantum revolution. These relations came under great strain during the Great War, but the Councils survived thanks to Lorentz’s and Solvay’s faith in the universality of science.

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Paper book

  • Good news !

    The Archives of the Solvay International Councils of Physics and Chemistry (1910-1962) are included in the UNESCO World Heritage International Register. You will find here the press release (in French) on the UNESCO website.

Paper book


Language(s): English

Audience(s): General pubic, Extended public

Publisher: EDP Sciences

Edition: 1st edition

Collection: Sciences & Histoire / Sciences & History

Published: 18 november 2021

Reference Paper book: L26698

Reference eBook [PDF]: L26704

EAN13 Paper book: 9782759826698

EAN13 eBook [PDF]: 9782759826704

Interior: Black & white

Format (in mm) Paper book: 160 x 240

Pages count Paper book: 316

Pages count eBook [PDF]: 316

Weight (in grammes): 1

Size: 4,1 Mo (PDF)

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