Wednesday
8 Dec/21
13:30 - 16:00 (Europe/Zurich)

Unconventional Music @CERN Celebrating 100 years of Albert Einstein's Nobel Prize

Where:  

80/1-001

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To celebrate Einstein’s love of music and science, the Swedish Embassy in Switzerland and CERN have organized the event Unconventional Music @ CERN.  Talks about Einstein’s Nobel prize, music and science, will be followed by music performances in which two musicians, one from Sweden and one from Switzerland will play unconventional music with CERN scientists.  

Event exclusively online. Join the webcast on Wednesday 8 December at 13.30.

The Swedish inventor and businessman Alfred Nobel said in his will that the Nobel Prize should be awarded to “those who, during the preceding year, have conferred the greatest benefit to humankind during the last year”. The 1921 Nobel Prize was awarded to Albert Einstein to honour his contributions to theoretical physics in general and his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect. 

Einstein and Nobel were two great minds whose legacies are as important today as ever. Albert Einstein had a strong connection to Switzerland, he studied in Aarau and Zürich, worked in Bern and was then a teacher at ETH in Zürich. His most important work is from his time in Switzerland and he kept his Swiss nationality his whole life. 

Because of his innumerable contributions to science, Einstein is considered the father of modern physics, but he was also an accomplished violinist and loved music.  

“If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music... I get most joy in life out of music.”(Albert Einstein)

At the time Einstein received the Nobel Prize, a Russian engineer Lev Termen was laying the foundations of modern electronic music with his invention, the theremin. It was a technically advanced instrument based on conquests in the area of science. Einstein was very curious of the instrument, he attended one of his concerts and even tried to play it.

As Einstein loved music, CERN and the Swedish Embassy in Bern are also interested in connecting science and music and found unconventional music, performed by a Swiss and a Swedish artists in conversation with CERN scientists, an excellent way to celebrate his Nobel Prize anniversary.