The Emilio Segrè Visual Archives (ESVA), part of AIP's Niels Bohr Library and Archives, is one of the institute's most popular and valued services. For a behind-the-scenes look at ESVA, read the article that photo librarian Savannah Gignac wrote for Physics Today's online Points of View department. Here is an excerpt:
But once theories and experimental methods become part of the physics canon, it's easy to ignore or forget who is behind them. How and where did these people develop their careers? Who and what inspired them on their roads to success? . . . Behind the equations and accolades, it may be difficult to see the human beings who originated those ideas. Photography gives us a rare glimpse into the physicist's life, illuminating his or her path to success.
Read the full article on Physics Today online.