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Superconductivity: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 28. Mai 2009

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"Superconductivity is an excellent addition to Oxford's 'Very Short Introductions' series. Blundell effectively weaves the history of discovery with theoretical understanding in a seamless, entertaining fashion. The reader is provided with both the progression of ideas and an insightful glimpse at the personalities involved in unraveling the phenomenon of superconductivity...Highly recommended." --CHOICE Reviews


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.

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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.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Very Informative! 7. August 2009
Von kc-lam - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book offers a good overview of the technologies of superconductivity and their applications. However, the account of superconductivity history is too elaborated and sometimes boring.

Fascinating applications of superconductivity include using superconducting magnets for energy storage, MRI scanners, particle accelerators and Maglev trains in Japan to produce levitation. Because of the high cost of using liquid helium for cooling superconductors, the application of superconducting wires in power transmission and transformers are not economically viable. It is exciting to know that we might be possible to get superconductivity to work at room temperature and everything will change!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent History and Physics 15. Juli 2012
Von Kyle Bunkers - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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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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5.0 von 5 Sternen A very good, concise 9. Juni 2015
Von Steve - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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A very good, concise, and qualitative overview of the mechanisms (and their discoveries) in superconductivity. Not a single math equation in the entire book, but as someone in their last year of a dual math and physics undergraduate education, I don't consider that to be a downfall in any way whatsoever.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Story like 18. April 2013
Von Carlosdiggidi - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The book was very informative. The only thing I may object as a scientist is that there wasn't enough formulas involved but I guess for the non scientific person it gives you a good idea of what superconductivity is.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Almost non-technical introduction 11. September 2014
Von Leandro - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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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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