HOW DID WE FIND OUT ABOUT SUPERCONDUCTIVITY? by Isaac Asimov

HOW DID WE FIND OUT ABOUT SUPERCONDUCTIVITY?

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Number 32 in the author's series on the history of scientific discoveries. Asimov has said that he has written a book for every day of the year; if so, this must be a February day--short, cold, and muted. Only about one-fifth of the book is actually about superconductivity; the rest is on low temperatures, how they have been achieved in the lab, and what absolute zero means. Erratic phonetic spelling is provided in the text, e.g., copper ("KOP-per"), but not Nernst; vacuum ("VAK-yoo-um") is given three syllables, not wrong but hardly common usage. The author doesn't make quite clear why high temperature superconductors have caused such a stir, but the Asimov accuracy and breadth of knowledge are present and his breezy style makes the book accessible. Timely, slightly perfunctory, just the right length for a quick report.
Pub Date: March 30th, 1988
ISBN: 0802767761
Page count: 64pp
Publisher: Walker
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 1988




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