Superconductivity: A Very Short Introduction

Superconductivity: A Very Short Introduction

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 168 pages
  • 108 x 172 x 10mm | 181.44g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 20 B&W halftones & line drawings
  • 019954090X
  • 9780199540907
  • 168,950

Table of contents

1. What is superconductivity? ; 2. The quest for low temperatures ; 3. The discovery of superconductivity ; 4. Expulsion ; 5. Pairing up ; 6. Symmetry ; 7. Before the breakthrough ; 8. High-temperature superconductivity ; 9. The making of the new superconductors ; 10. What have superconductors ever done for us? ; Dramatis personae ; Further Reading ; Index
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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
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About Stephen J. Blundell

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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