From School Library Journal
Grade 4-6-- Writing in short, rather stiff sentences liberally peppered with names, dates, and scientific terms, Billings describes the discovery and properties of superconductivity, as well as the research programs, through 1989, that have led to its appearance in different materials at ever higher--although still frigid--temperatures. She speculates methodically about the uses of superconductors in electronics, medicine, power production, storage and transmission, communications, space travel, Big Science (the "superconducting supercollider") and military devices, and then shows how superconducting pellets can be manufactured even in a high school lab; young scientists will need plenty of time for trial and error if this book is their only source of advice, though. Lampton's Superconductors (Enslow, 1989) covers the subject in greater detail--for one thing, he mentions research into very high temperature superconductivity--but a well-chosen selection of photos, many in color, give this book an attractive look. A good alternate purchase for background reading, and the science project is a useful added feature. --John Peters, New York Public Library
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Kirkus Reviews
Once over lightly: the frantic race to discover materials that exhibit superconductivity at higher and higher temperatures; today's attempt to make practical superconducting machines and circuits. Slightly marred by minor but irritating typos and arithmetic mistakes, and by jumping from topic to topic with little explication, but useful nonetheless. Many attractive, informative photos; index. (Nonfiction. 9+) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.