Historical photos and videos at CERN

Here’s a great resource for anyone interested in the history of physics, especially quantum physics and particle physics. At the CERN document server,

http://cdsweb.cern.ch

you can search for keywords in their large collection of freely accessible photos and videos. Just look into the column where it says “Narrow by collection” and then click on Videos or Photos in the “Multimedia and Outreach” section, before entering your search keyword.

As an example of what you can find there, here’s a beautiful 1985 TV documentary on the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen paradoxon of fundamental quantum physics, starring interviews with the likes of John Bell (who came up with inequalities to distinguish between Bohr’s and Einstein’s views on the matter) and Alain Aspect (who used these inequalities to decide the question experimentally):

http://cdsweb.cern.ch/record/1064498?ln=en

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