Science Networks. Historical Studies

The Solvay Councils and the Birth of Modern Physics

Editors: Marage, Pierre, Wallenborn, Grégoire (Eds.)

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FOREWORD This book came about as a result of two events: an exhibition on the Solvay Physics Councils, held in Brussels in May 1995, and a conference on the same theme which took place at the Free University of Brussels (ULB) on May 1Oth 1995. A book was published in French in conjunction with the exhibition, and much of the present publication is taken from that book. In addition, we have included some of the papers presented at the conference, as we believe they add a further dimension to the history of the Councils. The French term, Conseil Solvay, is usually translated into English as Solvay Conference or Congress. We have elected to retain the particular connotations of the French word Conseil by translating it instead as Council. The Councils were, after all, no ordinary conferences. Only a limited number of participants was invited, hand picked by a scientific committee, who for five to six days took an active part in the sessions and the long discussions that followed. Each day, one or two physicists would present a paper on a subject that had been chosen by the committee to fit in with the overall theme of the Council. The word Conseil expressly implies the gathering of an elite to engage in debate.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Ernest Solvay: The System, the Law and the Council

    Devriese, Didier (et al.)

    Pages 1-23

  • Rutherford, the Cavendish Laboratory and the Solvay Councils

    Hughes, Jeff

    Pages 24-34

  • Paul Langevin and the French Scientists at the Solvay Conferences

    Bensaude-Vincent, Bernadette

    Pages 35-47

  • The Solvay Councils and the Nobel Institution

    Crawford, Elisabeth

    Pages 48-54

  • The Organisation of Science in the 19th Century

    Vanpaemel, Geert

    Pages 55-69

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Solvay Councils and the Birth of Modern Physics
Editors
  • Pierre Marage
  • Grégoire Wallenborn
Series Title
Science Networks. Historical Studies
Series Volume
22
Copyright
1999
Publisher
Birkhäuser Basel
Copyright Holder
Springer Basel AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-0348-7703-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-0348-7703-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-7643-5705-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-0348-7705-3
Series ISSN
1421-6329
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 224
Number of Illustrations and Tables
50 b/w illustrations
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