EPS Historic Site

Oct. 2020
The Ecole de Physique des Houches was nominated as historic site by the European Physical society on 2020, Oct. 05. The commemorative plaque was unveiled by Luc Bergé, president of the EPS.

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Picture. From left to right: Alain Fontaine (SFP), Luc Bergé (EPS), Guy Wormser (SFP), Bart van Tiggelen (EPS, EPL), Christophe Salomon (Ecole de Physique des Houches)

The text of the plaque is the following:
Cécile DeWitt-Morette founded the École de Physique des Houches in 1951. In just 4 years, the unique formula of the School had already achieved a worldwide reputation. At that time, no advanced courses existed anywhere in France or even in Europe – equivalent to today's Master classes – on contemporary topics such as quantum physics or statistical mechanics. The Physics School in Les Houches attracted many top physicists to teach on a blackboard for two months in the summer period. With an amazing view of the Mont Blanc chain, far away from the laboratories and university classes, the "hanging gardens" of the School have become a place where students interact directly with the greatest scientists in the world
The École de Physique des Houches has made important contributions to the development of French, European and International physics. It has revealed the importance of training and informal discussions to the progress in physics. In these days where the Internet is often believed to solve all problems, this message should remain.
Published on  October 6, 2020
Updated on  November 9, 2020