After the Breakthrough
The Emergence of High-Temperature Superconductivity as a Research Field
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After the Breakthrough by Helga Nowotny
Book DescriptionThe discovery of high-temperature superconductivity was hailed as a major scientific breakthrough, inducing an unprecedented excitement and expectation among the scientific community and in the international press. This book sets this research breakthrough in context, and reconstructs the history of the discovery. The authors analyse the emergence of this new research field and the way its development was shaped by scientists and science policy-makers. They also examine the various settings in which the research was undertaken, as well as considering the scientific backgrounds and motivations of researchers who entered the field following the original discovery. The industrial connection and the general belief in promises of future applications were important elements in strategies devised to obtain funding. A remarkable factor in this process was the media's role. The sustained attention that followed the discovery of high-temperature superconductivity resulted in it being seen as the symbol of a new technological frontier.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521524797
(247mm x 174mm x 12mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 22-Aug-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Helga Nowotny
Cunning of Uncertainty, Hardback (October 2015)
Uncertainty is interwoven into human existence. It is a powerful incentive in the search for knowledge and an inherent component of scientific research. We have developed many ways of coping with uncertainty. We make promises, manage risks and make predictions to try to clear the mists and predict ahead.
Insatiable Curiosity, Paperback (September 2010)
An influential scholar in science studies argues that innovation tames the insatiable and limitless curiosity driving science, and that society's acute ambivalence about this is an inevitable legacy of modernity.
Rethinking Science, Hardback (February 2001)» View all books by Helga Nowotny
A A sequel to the authors previous widely acclaimed work on science, technology and society A Develops a highly original account of the changing notions of science and scientific knowledge A A well, written accessible text that makes good use of illustrative examples A The authors are leading scholars in the field.
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