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Superconductivity: The Next Revolution? (Paperback)
  • Superconductivity: The Next Revolution? (Paperback)

Superconductivity: The Next Revolution? (Paperback)

Paperback 180 Pages / Published: 06/05/1993
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In 1987 scientists and engineers were seized with excitement at the discovery of 'high temperature superconductors': these new materials become superconducting at temperatures four times higher than any previously known superconductor. Suddenly all kinds of applications of superconductivity, from magnetically levitated trains to lossless power lines, became possible. As a result of the intense media coverage of these discoveries, superconductivity has become almost a household word, although most people have only a vague idea of what it is. In this book Professor Vidali describes in plain, non-technical terms how conventional superconductivity was discovered 80 years ago, why it took nearly 50 years to understand it, and the physical explanation of why it exists. He chronicles the developments that led up to the discovery of high temperature superconducting materials, and describes the excitement generated by announcements of the new discoveries in 1987 at a scientific conference that became known as the 'Woodstock of physics'. Finally, he speculates on possible future applications of these new materials.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521377577
Number of pages: 180
Weight: 270 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 11 mm

'The volume is aimed at fascinating the general reader and scientist alike ... pick it up and scan a few pages, you'll probably end up buying it!' Dr Boyd, University College London
' ... very readable ... I will recommend the book to my junior students because it tells some of the story of this fascinating field in simple terms ...' Physics World
'Vidali does very well in describing the basic phenomena, concepts ... well written and interesting for its intended audience ...' Nature
' ... can be recommended to anyone who would like to know more about it.' The Times Higher Education Supplement
' ... plenty of enthusiasm ... the kernel of a good popularization is lurking here.' Contemporary Physics
"With everything that has been published about superconductivity since 1987, could we possibly need another book on the subject? The answer is yes: one written at a level more detailed and with greater scope than an encyclopedia or Scientific American-style article, more intellectually accessible to interested--but not specialist--readers knowledgeable in physical science than are the professional-level books and articles on the subject. It is this niche that this book has been written to fill, which it does with considerable success." Robert J. Cava, Nature
"...a fairly accessible account of superconductivity, its discovery, importance and explanation, in a way which presupposes little specialist knowledge. The historical background helps to convey some of the excitement of scientific discovery....would be ideal for novice physicists such as bright sixth-formers or beginning undergraduates, and of interest to scientists in other disciplines, including chemistry....Vidali's book can be recommended to anyone who would like to know more about it." Tony Cox, The Times Higher Education Supplement
" interesting and informative account of the race to liquefy gases..readily readable and does a good job of historical exposition." Mario Rabinowitz, Foundations of Physics

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