Solvay Centennial

In October of 1911, top physicists of their day gathered in Brussels for a conference on "The Theory of Radiation and Quanta"—one of the earliest and most productive meetings in the emerging field of quantum physics. The meeting, initiated by Belgian industrialist Ernest Solvay and known as the Solvay Conference on Physics, included such giants of modern physics as Max Planck, Louis DeBroglie, Marie Skłodowska-Curie, Ernest Rutherford, Hendrik Lorentz, and Albert Einstein. Their discussions centered around the roles of the classical and quantum approaches to understanding nature.

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