Ecole polytechnique was founded in Paris in 1794 after the French revolution.
Its motto, given by Napoléon, is: "Pour la patrie, les sciences, et la gloire" (For the homeland, science and glory).
- 2nd world's best small university (2018) (Times higher education)
- 6th worldwide among higher education institutions in terms of the number of
Nobel prize winner among its graduates (Nature)
- 22nd in Engineering and technology (2011) (Times higher education)
- 22nd in Physical sciences (2016) (Times higher education)
- 29th Physics & Astronomy (2018) (QS World university rankings)
- 27th Natural Sciences (2018) (QS World university rankings)
- 17th in Mathematics (2015) (QS World university rankings)
- 25th World university ranking (2017) (CWUR)
- 6th in graduate employability (2017) (QS World university rankings)
Articles that I recommend:
Jean-Jacques Greffet, "Contrôle de l'émission spontanée avec des structures plasmoniques "
Jean-Jacques Greffet, " Voir à travers le corps humain avec les lasers"
Alain Aspect, "From Einstein's Lichtquanten to Wheeler's delayed choice experiment; wave-particle duality brought to light "
Emmanuel Rosencher, "Comprendre les lasers"
Florian Bigourdan, "Towards highly-efficient, fabricable optical nano-antennas"
Some great books:
Jean-Louis Basdevant and Jean Dalibard (2002)
Alistair Rowe (2013)
Emmanuel Rosencher's lectures on semiconductor physics and opto-electronics.
Quantum mechanics lectures, first year of Ecole polytechnique.