The Emergence of Solid-State Physics



Solid-state physics, or as it is often called today, “condensed matter” physics, is the science of the properties of liquids and solids. Since it is less glamorous than, say, cosmology, the public has barely noticed it. Even physicists themselves have only slowly appreciated its importance. Yet this indifferent attitude is puzzling. In fact, the study of the solid state is replete with bizarre and extraordinary occurrences. Some metals, for example, at very low temperatures display a bewildering array of properties including superconductivity, the striking ability of some substances to lose all resistance to the passage of electrical current.


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