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8.10.2015, 7:50
Malo je tako znanih in pomembnih fotografij, kot je skupinski posnetek vseh udeležencev 5. solvayske konference. To je bila peta v vrsti znanstvenih konferenc, ki jih je vzpostavil belgijski industrialec Ernest Solvay, sicer znan po Solvayevem postopku za proizvodnjo natrijevega karbonata iz leta 1860. Leta 1911 so se na tako imenovanem Conseils Solvay srečali največji fiziki in kemiki zgodnjega 20. stoletja in od tedaj se je fizikalna konferenca priredila vsako tretje leto (z občasnimi daljšimi premori), kemijska konferenca pa od leta 1922.



Skok k bistvu novice in povratek nazaj v preteklost. Najbolj slavna je gotovo 5. solvayska konferenca, ki je leta 1927 potekala pod geslom Elektroni in fotoni. Konferenca in slika, ki jo vidite spodaj, sta zgodovinskega pomena, saj se nikoli prej ali kasneje v zgodovini na istem kraju ni zbralo toliko uglednih in vrhunskih znanstvenikov, ki so pomembno vplivali na razvoj znanosti. Res se tudi na današnjih konferencah tre nobelovcev, a ljudje na spodnji sliki sodijo v osnovni znanstveni kanon, ki ga pozna vsak intelektualec.



Konferenca leta 1927 je znamenita tudi, ker sta se tam na idejnem polju spopadla Albert Einstein in Niels Bohr, najbolj znana udeleženca. Čeprav je bil Bohr prav tako inteligenten in delaven kakor Einstein in je odkril vrsto izjemno pomembnih zakonitosti, ga zgodovina kar nekoliko po krivem zapostavlja. Prezrt seveda ni, saj je med fiziki izjemno dobro znan, a širša javnost se vendarle zdrzne le ob omembi Einsteina.



Istega leta je Werner Heisenberg predložil teorijo o principu nedoločljivosti, ki je bila takrat glavna tema pogovorov. Einstein je trmasto trdil, da "Bog ne kocka", medtem ko mu je Bohr dopovedoval, naj vendarle Bogu neha ukazovati. Einstein in Bohr sta drug drugega izjemno spoštovala, a se nista strinjala o kvantni mehaniki oziroma primernem opisu teorije. Šlo je za enega najbolj intelektualnih sporov v zgodovini, ki je imel velik vpliv na filozofijo znanstvene metode in je prinesel pomemben napredek pri razvoju kvantne mehanike.



Zadaj: Auguste Piccard, Émile Henriot, Paul Ehrenfest, Édouard Herzen, Théophile de Donder, Erwin Schrödinger, JE Verschaffelt, Wolfgang Pauli, Werner Heisenberg, Ralph Fowler, Léon Brillouin.

Sredina: Peter Debye, Martin Knudsen, William Lawrence Bragg, Hendrik Anthony Kramers, Paul Dirac, Arthur Compton, Louis de Broglie, Max Born, Niels Bohr.

Spredaj: Irving Langmuir, Max Planck, Marie Curie, Hendrik Lorentz, Albert Einstein, Paul Langevin, Charles-Eugène Guye, CTR Wilson, Owen Richardson.


Bohr se je bil precej časa upiral ideji, da je svetloba sestavljena iz fotonov, ki upoštevajo dualizem delec-val. Sprejel jo je šele leta 1925 in od tedaj razvijal teorije na podlagi te podmene, kar je eden redkih primerov v zgodovini znanosti, ko je znanstvenik zavrgel lastno teorijo in sprejel diametralno nasprotno, ker so tako pokazali dokazi, in nato na njej celo gradil nadaljnje delo. Čeprav je to ideal, ki ga znanost zasleduje, so vrhunski znanstveniki nemalokrat tudi precej muhasti in ponosni ljudje, ki tega preskoka ne storijo zlahka. Bohr je bil odtlej zaprisežen zagovornik kvantne teorije.

Einstein se je na omenjeni konferenci boril proti ideji o kvantni nedoločljivosti (Bog ne kocka) oziroma kvantni mehaniki, ki so jo zagovarjali Max Planck, Niels Bohr, Werner Heisenberg in Erwin Schrödinger. Posledica so bile živahne debate, ki so se nadaljevale še vrsto let, in privedle do znamenitega paradoksa EPR, ki so ga v teoretskem članku leta 1935 predstavili Einstein, Podolsky in Rosen. Dokazovali so, da se kvantna mehanika ne ujema s teorijo relativnosti, torej morajo v vesolju obstajati skrivne, še nepoznane spremenljivke.

Raziskovanje paradoksa je privedlo do poznavanja kvantne prepletenosti, ki jo je Einstein porogljivo poimenoval spukhafte Fernaktion (fantomsko delovanje na daljavo). Problem je začel razreševati John Bell leta 1964, ki je dobil genialno idejo, kako bi preveril, ali Einsteinove skrite spremenljivke obstajajo. Teorem Bellove enakosti so kasneje preizkusili in ugotovili, da na nivoju delcev svet ni lokalen in realen (kvantna prepletenost obstaja, Bog dejansko kocka, realnost pa je odvisna od meritev). Einstein se verjetno obrača v grobu, saj nikoli ni dokončno sprejel kvantne teorije.



In zdaj poslastica za bralce, ki so zdržali do konca. Znamenita skupinska fotografija s 5. solvayske konference je odslej na voljo v barvah. Švedska fotografinja Sanna Dullaway je znamenito fotografijo oblekla v barve (postopku pravimo colorisation). Tako si lahko sedaj v barvah ogledamo, kako je bilo na najbolj slavni fizikalni konferenci, kjer so se kresala mnenja najbolj bistrih umov v zgodovini. Več kot polovica izmed 29 udeležencev je prejela Nobelovo nagrado. Zanimivo je, da jo je Einstein prejel za razlago fotoefekta (in ne za mnogo odmevnejšo teorijo relativnost), Bohr pa za "raziskave zgradbe atomov in sevanja, ki izvira iz njih" oziroma za zgodnje delo na področju kvantne mehanike.


Znanstveniki na fotografiji (v angleškem jeziku)

Auguste Piccard designed ships to explore the upper stratosphere and the deep seas ( bathyscaphe, 1948 ).

Emile Henriot detected the natural radioactivity of potassium and rubidium. He made ultracentrifuges possible and pioneered the electron microscope.

Paul Ehrenfest remarked (in 1909) that Special Relativity makes the rim of a spinning disk shrink but not its diameter. This contradiction with Euclidean geometry inspired Einstein’s General Relativity. Ehrenfest was a great teacher and a pioneer of quantum theory.

Edouard Herzen is one of only 7 people who participated in the two Solvay conferences of 1911 and 1927. He played a leading role in the development of physics and chemistry during the twentieth century.

Théophile de Donder defined chemical affinity in terms of the change in the free enthalpy. He founded the thermodynamics of irreversible processes, which led his student Ilya Prigogine (1917-2006) to a Nobel prize.

Erwin Schrödinger matched observed quantum behavior with the properties of a continuous nonrelativistic wave obeying the Schrödinger Equation. In 1935, he challenged the Copenhagen Interpretation, with the famous tale of Schrödinger’s cat. He shared the nobel prize with Dirac.

Jules Emile Verschaffelt, the Flemish physicist, got his doctorate under Kamerlingh Onnes in 1899.

Wolfgang Pauli formulated the exclusion principle which explains the entire table of elements. Pauli’s sharp tongue was legendary; he once said about a bad paper: “This isn’t right; this isn’t even wrong.”

Werner Heisenberg replaced Bohr’s semi-classical orbits by a new quantum logic which became known as matrix mechanics (with the help of Born and Jordan). The relevant noncommutativity entails Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle.

Sir Ralph Howard Fowler supervised 15 FRS and 3 Nobel laureates. In 1923, he introduced Dirac to quantum theory.

Léon Nicolas Brillouin practically invented solid state physics (Brillouin zones) and helped develop the technology that became the computers we use today.

Peter Debye pioneered the use of dipole moments for asymmetrical molecules and extended Einstein’s theory of specific heat to low temperatures by including low-energy phonons.

Martin Knudsen revived Maxwell’s kinetic theory of gases, especially at low pressure: Knudsen flow, Knudsen number etc.

William Lawrence Bragg was awarded the Nobel prize for physics jointly with his father Sir William Henry Bragg for their work on the analysis of the structure of crystals using X-ray diffraction.

Hendrik Kramers was the first foreign scholar to seek out Niels Bohr. He became his assistant and helped develop what became known as Bohr’s Institute, where he worked on dispersion theory.

Paul Dirac came up with the formalism on which quantum mechanics is now based. In 1928, he discovered a relativistic wave function for the electron which predicted the existence of antimatter, before it was actually observed.

Arthur Holly Compton figured that X-rays collide with electrons as if they were relativistic particles, so their frequency shifts according to the angle of deflection (Compton scattering).

Louis de Broglie discovered that any particle has wavelike properties, with a wavelength inversely proportional to its momentum (this helps justify Schrödinger’s equation).

Max Born’s probabilistic interpretation of Schrödinger’s wave function ended determinism in physics but provided a firm ground for quantum theory.

Irving Langmuir was an American chemist and physicist. His most noted publication was the famous 1919 article “The Arrangement of Electrons in Atoms and Molecules”.

Max Planck originated quantum theory, which won him the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1918. He proposed that exchanges of energy only occur in discrete lumps, which he dubbed quanta.

Niels Bohr started the quantum revolution with a model where the orbital angular momentum of an electron only has discrete values. He spearheaded the Copenhagen Interpretation which holds that quantum phenomena are inherently probabilistic.

Marie Curie was the first woman to earn a Nobel prize and the first person to earn two. In 1898, she isolated two new elements (polonium and radium) by tracking their ionizing radiation, using the electrometer of Jacques and Pierre Curie.

Hendrik Lorentz discovered and gave theoretical explanation of the Zeeman effect. He also derived the transformation equations subsequently used by Albert Einstein to describe space and time.

Albert Einstein developed the general theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics (alongside quantum mechanics).He is best known in popular culture for his mass–energy equivalence formula (which has been dubbed “the world’s most famous equation”). He received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics “for his services to theoretical physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect”.

Paul Langevin developed Langevin dynamics and the Langevin equation. He had a love affair with Marie Curie.

Charles-Eugène Guye was a professor of Physics at the University of Geneva. For Guye, any phenomenon could only exist at certain observation scales.

Charles Thomson Rees Wilson reproduced cloud formation in a box. Ultimately, in 1911, supersaturated dust-free ion-free air was seen to condense along the tracks of ionizing particles. The Wilson cloud chamber detector was born.

Sir Owen Willans Richardson won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1928 for his work on thermionic emission, which led to Richardson’s Law.

Vir: slo-tech.com


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