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After the Breakthrough: The Emergence of High-Temperature Superconductivity as a Research Field (Paperback)
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After the Breakthrough: The Emergence of High-Temperature Superconductivity as a Research Field (Paperback)

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Paperback 224 Pages / Published: 22/08/2002
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The discovery of high-temperature superconductivity was hailed as a major scientific breakthrough, inducing an unprecedented excitement and expectation among the scientific community and in the international press. This book sets this research breakthrough in context, and reconstructs the history of the discovery. The authors analyse the emergence of this new research field and the way its development was shaped by scientists and science policy-makers. They also examine the various settings in which the research was undertaken, as well as considering the scientific backgrounds and motivations of researchers who entered the field following the original discovery. The industrial connection and the general belief in promises of future applications were important elements in strategies devised to obtain funding. A remarkable factor in this process was the media's role. The sustained attention that followed the discovery of high-temperature superconductivity resulted in it being seen as the symbol of a new technological frontier.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521524797
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 390 g
Dimensions: 235 x 191 x 12 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'... a very clear story of a scientific discovery and its impact on science policy.' Pierre Papon, Research Policy
'... thoughtful book.' John Ziman, Nature
"This book is a case study that will be of long-term value to scientists, science policy makers and those interested in understanding hoe their interactions with the media and public have changed." Simon Foner, Physics Today
"Perils of a Restless Planet is exciting reading. It would be superb for a lower-division course emphasizing the methodologies of science and engineering, the importance of humility in the face of natural powers and the value of good design." Paul P. Craig, Physics Today

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