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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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Stephen Blundell is Professor of Physics at Oxford University. He was joint winner of the Daiwa-Adrian Prize in 1999 for his work on organic magnets.
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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1st edition (July 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019954090X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199540907
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.5 x 4.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #479,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kyle Bunkers on July 15, 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carlosdiggidi on April 17, 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By raining tang on September 27, 2014
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Short but clear with vivid description of the history.

Important insight about reductionism and complexity.

No equations but scientifically solid.
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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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By Wels Musgrave on November 6, 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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