The Palace of Applied Arts (BOZAR) recently hosted an annual gathering of great scientists known as the Conseil de Solvay, little known to the general public for its abstract topics, and this year’s was in the field of quantum physics, on string theory. Belgium (Focus on Belgium).
This year’s gathering featured prestigious names in science, Nobel Prize in Physics (2004) David Gross, Nobel Prize in Chemistry (2002) Kurt Wittrich, former Nobel Jury for Physics Lars Brink and Nobel Prize in Physics (2013) Francois. Angler.
The first Solve Council was held in 1911 at the Metropol Hotel in Belgium at the initiative of chemist, industrialist and patron Ernest Solve. At that time, the greats of that time were at the gathering – Maria Curie, Henri Poincaré, Ernest Rutherford, Max Planck and the famous Albert Einstein. The topic at the time was particle and quantum flow theory.
The second meeting was in 1913 at the Institute of Physics, which Solve had founded a year earlier. However, due to the war, meetings became thinner.
From 1921 to 1924, Germans were not invited to rallies, not even Einstein, who is known for his pacifism.
Einstein returned to the meetings from 1927 to 1930. He then criticizes his colleagues, stating that he cannot admit that “God puts the dice together”.
The famous physicist then led his fellow scientists to think even deeper, which strengthened quantum theory.
Meetings have been held in cycles since World War II. One year is the Physics Council, the next year is a break, and the third year is the Chemistry Council.