Cold (and hot) wars: superconductivity and society, from Weissberg-Cibulsky 1931 to the 2003 Nobel prize


  • Georges Waysand

    1. Groupe de Physique des Solides, Universités Pierre et Marie Curie Paris 6 & Denis Diderot Paris 7, Campus Boucicaut, 140 rue de Lourmel, 75015 Paris, France
    2. Laboratoire Souterrain Bas Bruit de Rustrel-Pays d'Apt (Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis), La Grande Combe, 84400 Rustrel, France
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Far from being a continous flow from its discovery down to its explanation, the actual history of superconductivity has been affected by numerous socio-political turbulences all along the XXth century, through hot and Cold wars. From the 30's to the 2003 Nobel prize for physics most of these turbulences are overviewed. (© 2005 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim)