Housewives of Superconductivity

An introductory book short on pages but long on explanation

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Housewives of Superconductivity

Superconductivity: A Very Short Introduction
By Stephen Blundell; Oxford University Press, 2009; 144 pp.; US $11.95; ISBN 978-0-19-954090-7

If the coffee-table book had an opposite, it might be one of the Oxford University Press’s Very Short Introductions series. Only 17 centimeters tall, these diminutive tomes may go completely unnoticed by visitors you want to impress with your familiarity with Nash equilibria and 11-dimensional string theory.

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The Transistor of 2047: Expert Predictions

What will the device be like on its 100th anniversary?

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Six men and a woman smiling.

The luminaries who dared predict the future of the transistor for IEEE Spectrum include: [clockwise from left] Gabriel Loh, Sri Samavedam, Sayeef Salahuddin, Richard Schultz, Suman Datta, Tsu-Jae King Liu, and H.-S. Philip Wong.

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The 100th anniversary of the invention of the transistor will happen in 2047. What will transistors be like then? Will they even be the critical computing element they are today? IEEE Spectrum asked experts from around the world for their predictions.

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