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Photo of the participants of the 1927 Solvay Conference

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I understand that 17 of the 29 either had, or were eventually awarded, the Nobel Prize. One, Mme. Curie, was the only participant to have earned a Nobel Prize in two separate disciplines.

Solvay-Conference-1927-Colourized-einste

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This is a famous photo found in many sources, but without the color added. One source (with the original monochrome photo) describing the conference and its background is Cassidy's Uncertainty: The Life and Science of Werner Heisenberg. The book is quite revealing in many important ways on the life and work of Heisenberg and others he worked with.

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Supposedly, this is one of the times Einstein said that ~"God doesn't play dice with the world." At this conference Bohr is said to have replied, "Einstein, stop telling God what to do." -- Bohr

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You can read about Einstein's contributions to and criticisms of quantum physics, including the long exchange he had with Bohr at the 1927 Solvay conference and what it was really about, in the Cassidy biography of Heisenberg above, and in Abraham Pais' two biographies Subtle is the Lord... the Science and Life of Albert Einstein and Neils Bohr's Times, in Physics, Philosophy, and Polity. All three of these books are very useful for understanding the reasons for, development of, and controversies in quantum physics.

Forum co-founder Stephen Speicher was an expert on Einstein's work and history, and would have had a lot to say about this.

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Awesome photo of so many great individuals. Thanks for posting.

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