537.623: Schechter, Bruce. The Path of No Resistance: The Story of the Revolution in Superconductivity. New York: Touchstone, 1990. 185 pp. ISBN 0-6716-9599-1.
- 500: Science
- 530: Physics
- 537: Electricity and electronics
- 537.6: Electrodynamics and thermoelectricity
- 537.62: Electric conductivity and resistance
- 537.623: Superconductivity
Alright, first a primer on superconductivity: When electricity flows down a wire, some of the flow is lost due to the resistance of the material. The opposite of resistance is conductance. Superconductivity occurs when a material is cooled to such a ridiculously low temperature that the near-absence of heat allows electricity to flow without loss. The temperature at which this happens is called the critical temperature. High-temperature superconductivity physics seeks to find materials that allows for superconductivity at a critical temperature above 77 kelvins. Everybody with me so far? Good. Here we go.