Archive for History of Exact Sciences

, Volume 32, Issue 3–4, pp 377–383 | Cite as

From the history of low temperature physics: Prejudicial attitudes that hindered the initial development of superconductivity theory

  • Kostas Gavroglu
  • George Goudaroulis
Article

Abstract

In this paper we primarily study the difficulties in the application of the thermodynamical approach to the phenomenon of superconductivity, resulting from a specific interpretation of the low temperature behavior of the Maxwell equations. An attempt is made to elucidate the situation during the first period of the development of superconductivity theory and to render explicit prejudiced attitudes reminiscent of Feyerabend's “natural interpretations”.

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© Springer-Verlag GmbH & Co. KG 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kostas Gavroglu
    • 1
    • 2
  • George Goudaroulis
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Physics DivisionNational Technical UniversityAthens
  2. 2.Department of Mathematics and Physics, School of TechnologyUniversity of ThessalonikiGreece

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