The Cold Wars: A History of Superconductivity

The Cold Wars: A History of Superconductivity

by Jean Matricon, Georges Waysand, G. Waysand
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813532957

ISBN-13: 9780813532950

Pub. Date: 10/28/2003

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

The "discovery" of superconductivity happened in 1911, but it wasn't until the mid-1980s that serious work began into applications. Matricon and Waysand (both formerly affiliated with the U. Denis Diderot, France) explain the theoretical and empirical developments of the field. They balance discussions of the science and scientists with examinations of the social and…  See more details below

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The "discovery" of superconductivity happened in 1911, but it wasn't until the mid-1980s that serious work began into applications. Matricon and Waysand (both formerly affiliated with the U. Denis Diderot, France) explain the theoretical and empirical developments of the field. They balance discussions of the science and scientists with examinations of the social and political context within which the field was developing. Originally published as La gueere du froid: Une histoire de la supraconductivité (1994, Editions du Seuil). Annotation ©2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813532950
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 9.14(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Translator's Note
1The Logic of Low Temperature1
2Perpetual Motion?17
3Metals and Theories30
4Experiments and Their Interpretations47
5The True Image of Superconductivity57
6Fritz66
7Not Your Everyday Liquid73
8The Russian Cold80
9In Cambridge in Spite of Stalin, In Moscow Because of Stalin91
10Superfluidity: Theories and Polemics101
11The War, the Bomb, and the Cold110
12Radar and Superconductivity116
13The Ions Also Move123
14East Is East, and West Is West129
15Now, How to Grab the Tiger by the Tail?141
16John Bardeen's Relentless Pursuit146
17The Golden Age159
18After the Golden Age: Tomorrow, Always Tomorrow169
19The Age of a Materials180
20A Swiss Revolution: The Superconducting Oxides198
21Superconductivity as Theater209
22Almost Twenty Years Later226
Notes233
Index255

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