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The Quest for Absolute Zero: The Meaning of Low Temperature Physics

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Hardcover, 281 pages
Published December 31st 1977 by Taylor & Francis Group (first published 1977)
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Tim
Apr 20, 2009 Tim rated it 4 of 5 stars
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This book should be required reading for anyone studying Thermodynamics. Although the going gets a little tough toward the end in the discussions of superconductivity and the technologies are a little dated (it was last revised in 1977), overall the style is approachable to non-experts although this is by no means a layman's guide to low temperature physics. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this manageably short book, and it helped me to understand some things that four iterations of Thermodyna...more
Brian
A history of science that covers relatively virgin territory (especially in the late 70s when it was written). Before reading this, I had never contemplated steam-powered refrigerators. Mendelssohn's deep knowledge and clear recollections of progress in the field let him do an excellent job of touching on important developments.
As noted elsewhere, the "modern" sections are feeling a little dated 30 years later.
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Kurt Alfred Georg Mendelssohn FRS[1] (7 January 1906-18 September 1980) was a German-born British medical physicist, elected a Fellow of the Royal Society 1951.

He was a great-great-grandson of Saul Mendelssohn, the younger brother of philosopher Moses Mendelssohn. He received a doctorate in physics from the University of Berlin, having studied under Max Planck, Walther Nernst, Erwin Schrödinger, a...more
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