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Superconductivity: A Very Short Introduction par [Blundell, Stephen J.]
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Superconductivity is one of the most exciting areas of research in physics today. Outlining the history of its discovery, and the race to understand its many mysterious and counter-intuitive phenomena, this Very Short Introduction explains in accessible terms the theories that have been developed, and how they have influenced other areas of science, including the Higgs boson of particle physics and ideas about the early Universe. It is an engaging and
informative account of a fascinating scientific detective story, and an intelligible insight into some deep and beautiful ideas of physics.

ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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Stephen Blundell did his undergraduate degree in Physics and Theoretical Physics at Peterhouse, Cambridge and his Ph. D. in the Cavendish Laboratory at Cambridge. He moved to the Clarendon Laboratory at Oxford to take up an SERC research fellowship, followed by a Junior Research Fellowship at Merton College, where he began research in organic magnets and superconductors using muon-spin rotation. In 1997 he was appointed to a University Lectureship in the Physics Department and a Tutorial Fellowship at Mansfield College, Oxford, and was subsequently promoted to Reader and then Professor. He was a joint winner of the Daiwa-Adrian Prize in 1999 for his work on organic magnets. He has previously published Magnetism in Condensed Matter, (OUP 2001); and Concepts in Thermal Physics, (OUP 2006, with K.M. Blundell).

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  • Editeur : OUP Oxford; Édition : 1st (28 mai 2009)
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The twentieth century was replete with profound new discoveries in Physics that radically reshaped the way we think about the world around us. In a nutshell, we can think of these conceptual breakthroughs in terms of two simple slogans: "small is different" and "more is different." "Small is different" refers to the fact that when we look at the world at the very smallest scale the usual laws of everyday Physics start to break down. We are unable to determine position of objects with any finite certainty, objects seem to be able to be at two possible locations at a same time, and properties of objects don't vary smoothly but come in terms of discrete values. The realm of the very smallest is investigated in the parts of Physics that we call Quantum Mechanics (see for instance Quantum Theory: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)) and Particle Physics (see for instance Particle Physics: A Very Short Introduction. When we think of modern Physics, this is usually what we first have in mind. However, another important conceptual line of investigation is encapsulated in the other phrase, "more is different." This refers to the fact that many times, a whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and under certain conditions it is impossible to understand the behavior of a system of particles just by understanding the properties of individual particles. In fact, in some cases the notion of individual particle itself becomes suspect. Quantum mechanics itself has already hinted at some of this, but the branch of Physics that are deals with this approach to the world around us the most is called "Solid State Physics" or "Condensed Matter Physics.Lire la suite ›
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Discusses the history and some theory and discusses the great scientists who helped put this theory together 13 novembre 2014
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A solid Introduction to the very fascinating story of superconductivity. Discusses the history and some theory and discusses the great scientists who helped put this theory together.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Almost non-technical introduction 11 septembre 2014
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Almost a non-technical introduction of superconductivity. By non-technical, I mean "without equation", but you will need some background in Solid State Physics to understand some chapters.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A good read! 6 novembre 2013
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This is really good. Reading this short book gave me incentive to look for more information on this aspect of physics. As an introduction to superconductivity, it is excellant.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent History and Physics 15 juillet 2012
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This short introduction does a very good job of explaining both the relevant physics and the history of superconductivity. The author begins by tracing back to the roots of low temperature physics and explains how advances led to the discovery of superconductivity. This historical approach of tracing the ideas as they happened is used throughout the book, and is very helpful in guiding the discussion about what superconductivity is, and the possible mechanism through which it works; it allows you to understand the evolution of physicists' thoughts on superconductivity and have an idea of the progress made in the past century (and of the amount of progress that still needs to be made). This approach also works to bring the human element into the picture, often talking about the physicists who made the discoveries (giving some attention to two-time Nobel Prize winner John Bardeen).

In the end, superconductivity remains to be thoroughly understood, and the author does a good job explaining in a non-technical manner what is understood about superconductivity, and, perhaps as importantly, what is not fully understood. The author also points to the very important applications of superconductors in the modern world and possible future uses.

If you are interested in physics, condensed matter in general is an underrepresented subject for popular audiences, and this book does an excellent job of not only remedying this, but showing that this branch of physics can be just as interesting as particle and astrophysics.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Many of us have a goal of understanding the Higgs ... 5 janvier 2015
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Many of us have a goal of understanding the Higgs mechanism, and Philip Anderson advised physicists to first look at the physics of superconductivity as an analogous pattern. This delightful little book gives an overview of the history of superconductivity for those of us lacking background in solid state (condensed matter physics). It was an enjoyable experience that ended too soon.
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