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Scientific legends together in motion

At the most important scientific meeting of all time, the fifth Solvay Conference, among the 29 select scientists, one of the 17 who earned a Nobel also had a camera. And beyond the novelty of seeing all those great icons together, in motion, in bad hair day and joking around, as the narrator tells the film also records the change of mood before and after the conference.

It seems you couldn’t simultaneously have the greatest scientific minds discussing together and have them all agree at the same time. At least not when the subject of the Conference was quantum physics.

Between those brief moments captured on film, Einstein, disenchanted with Heisenberg‘s "Uncertainty Principle," famously remarked "God does not play dice." Bohr replied, "Einstein, stop telling God what to do." [via gaussianos, I couldn’t confirm but the voice-over is by Nancy Thorndike Greenspan.]

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