2010/02/06

Dead Physicists Society

Yesterday a pal of mine passed on to me, by good old electronic post, a picture. It was a group snap of the attendees of Solvay Conference 5.0. The few seconds the lensman took to click are historic: everyone present, for once, looked at something from the same angle.


But straightaway my trained eye detected that this was a fake. Retouched, as they euphemized. Cowardly photoshopping of the Dark Room ages is how I see it. And so, for the rest of the evening, I spent all my vim on hunting the original down.
My efforts were met with fruit. I came in touch with Ms. Couprie, the great-granddaughter of the photographer. She had apparently had the master negatives developed, scanned, uploaded and desktopped. It took every oz. of my charm -- and a little threatening -- to wheedle her into dispatching a copy in my direction.
And thus, I present here the great tableau as the late Mr Couprie saw it.


In this version, you will notice these:

Lorentz is contracted.

The space occupied by Einstein is curved.

The camera captured Bragg's X-ray.

Dirac sits tallest, like a delta function.

Wherever she went, Curie listened to FM radio actively.

de Broglie waves.

Heisenberg's position is uncertain, a trait he carried to his grave.

Planck had a black body.

does u c cheezburger sticked outta scchrodinga's pockit, sez he lukin' 4 inspration frm any1 who can has it, lol.

Compton is scattered.

Pauli got himself excluded; it was his principle.

10 Obiter dicta:

Blogger N couldn't resist being opinionated thus:

Interestingly, in the First Solvay Conference (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:1911_Solvay_conference.jpg), Solvay WAS worked into the picture as he missed the photo session. He's the ghost-like guy 'sitting' third from the left.

Here's a cool video from the Fifth Conference: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QA8dWPMod44.
Savour Ehrenfest's laughter and tongue stick-out; he would go on to shoot himself -- not before killing his son first -- in half a dozen years.

3:58 AM  
OpenID bardnbutiful couldn't resist being opinionated thus:

wow! you have actually gone through the pain of finding the real picture! Not bad for research ;)

4:50 AM  
Anonymous AJ couldn't resist being opinionated thus:

This is really creative stuff Mr. Jar!

If Gorgeous George were one of the bodyguards of the scientists, would you have replaced him with a set of car keys? :D

5:55 AM  
Blogger Ram couldn't resist being opinionated thus:

high funda!

11:15 AM  
Blogger K. N. Ramachandran couldn't resist being opinionated thus:

Level da.. As usual creative max bugger :P

12:59 PM  
Blogger a couldn't resist being opinionated thus:

i am really speechless. actually, it felt good to see/read all these names again after a long time. sigh...gud old engineering days ;)
and gr8 research man. u have to tell me the whole story someday.

1:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous couldn't resist being opinionated thus:

Had a threesome didn't you. Blogging/Writing, Physics, and bad photography.
Had fun whilst watching.
--Unni (Am unable to log in, or by any other means to un-anonymise myself.)

3:00 PM  
Anonymous Srinand couldn't resist being opinionated thus:

\m/

2:47 PM  
Blogger Sayan couldn't resist being opinionated thus:

Wow!

You have hit the half volley out of the park, haven't you.

9:39 AM  
Anonymous Sridhar couldn't resist being opinionated thus:

studd max!!

1:50 PM  

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