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Absolute Zero and the Conquest of Cold

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  • Posted June 3, 2009

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    Great, detailed summary of over 2 centuries scientific accomplishments.

    Absolute Zero is a great summary of scientific exploration into the regions of ultracold. Tom Shachtman does a wonderful job of putting the many pieces of this complex puzzle into a reasonably simple to understand storyline. He also does a good job of explaining some pretty difficult subjects, such as superconductivity and superfluidity among many other theories and procedures. The ways in which the author describes the many scientists involved in the events of the novel is very descriptive and characterizes the scientists as individuals. Me being a highschool student, I found this book difficult at some points but as I read more I was able to understand what was happening. I also felt that use of diagrams or some sort of images would have made explaining subjects simpler, but the novel prevails as an informative and exciting narrative of one of the greatest mysteries of science.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2001

    Striving for Colder Temperatures

    Absolute Zero and the Conquest of Cold is a superb book. It brings to life the stories of the scientists who grappled with the realms of cold temperatures. I actually tried one of the experiments after reading the book because I was enthralled by the stories. I added nitric acid to ice and was able to lower the temperature of the mixture to -19 Celsius. The book describes theory, experiments, and practical devises of cold temperature materials. It is very entertaining and readable for all levels. I have always wanted to learn what was behind the stories of the scientists (Onnes, Boyle, Dewar,...) who did research in thermodynamics. Here is a book which answers my call.

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