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100 years of superconductivity

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Superconductivity is 100 years old this year. It was discovered by accident, and the progress made in understanding and utilising the effect over the last century has been a series of fits and starts involving unexpected findings, surprising developments, insurmountable brick walls that have suddenly melted away and penetrating insights. The effect is one of the most unusual macroscopic manifestations of the weirdness of quantum mechanics. In this talk I will attempt to describe the highlights of a century of research, as well as look forward to what the future of superconductivity will be.

This talk is part of the Cambridge University Physics Society series.

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