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on 18 July 2017
The Very Short Introductions are a major educational resource. There are presently over 500 small books covering a very wide range of subjects. Although short, the Introductions are substantial in content. Everyone would benefit from reading these books to broaden their knowledge and understanding in diverse areas of life. Perseverance with some subjects may be required but be prepared to be surprised, enlightened and enriched.
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on 19 December 2009
This book has recently been reviewed in the CERN courier and even IEEE Spectrum. I totally agree with those raving reviews and would recommend this slim volume as the number one read for an introduction to this important topic. Many scientists are met, and anecdotes abound, while never straying far from the historical progression of discovery, with a sound grounding in the science, made understandable by analogies and clear wording. A resounding success in the series. Yes as usual in the VSI there are typos etc but this book is just great. Must buy for an intro into this field.
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on 30 May 2011
Blundell is superb once again. You really enjoy reading the issues, stories and anecdotes related with superconductivity as well as the people have been involved in its discovery and development.
It gives a very good account on the topic without any need for complicated details and equations. I think that when one is studying a certain topic in physics, this kind of background (historical context, anecdotes and important implications, how and why things happened as they did) should be worked out too, specially during the undergraduate studies in order to keep the motivation. The format results into a bit too small, but the content is really worthy :)
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on 8 December 2012
This is another quality book in the "A Very Short Introduction" series of books. It manages to go into detail about the Physics of Superconductivity and it's discovery without overcomplicating things too much. Credit must go to the author where it is due.
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on 7 January 2017
A great little book
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on 1 September 2014
As promised.
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on 15 April 2012
The book presented a history of the development and discoveries of superconductivity which was interesting but not what I bought it for. If you are looking for an explanation of how or why superconductors behave as they do, this book is not for you. The Physics was a little light, generally inclomplete and sometimes unclear. The low star rating is a result of my disappointment - particularly after the excellent 'Very Short Introduction to Viruses' in the same series.
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on 22 July 2016
This is not a book for a student of physics who wants a thorough understanding of superconductivity. It doesn't even try to be such a book. (There is not an equation in sight!)

It covers the history of the discovery of superconductivity and subsequent research into the topic, the personalities involved, and the physics. The physics is covered in a qualitative way that will make sense to a layman, but this is not a textbook. The book is well written and a pleasure to read.
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on 31 March 2016
Having heavily criticized the author's other book I must say this was surprisingly good. I understand superconductivity well now, and the book leaves no nagging questions about it's central themes, unlike 'Magnetism: A Very Short Introduction'. However, some tangential details like why do gases cool when expanded (when basic thermodynamics would lead you to guess the opposite was true) could have been explained as I don't really know that much of physics. 4 stars if such details were added.
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on 28 October 2012
This book is good, but if you want maths galore then read Einstein Bose Condensation by Snoke. I do not think for a first time reader the second book mentioned is a good idea and you are better with this short introduction to this complex subject, to start with.
You do not always need the maths, pictures and diagrams are just as good.Look at Einstein with his thought experiments to understand relativity, which is relationship and reflection, no maths needed in the introduction of these difficult subjects.
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