# BCS: 50 Years

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BCS: 50 Years is a review volume edited by Leon Cooper, a 1972 Nobel Laureate in Physics, and Dmitri Feldman of Brown University, first published in 2010.[1]

The book consists of 23 articles written by outstanding physicists, including many Nobel prize-winners, and presents the complete theory of superconductivity - a phenomenon where the electrical resistance of some metallic materials suddenly vanish at temperatures near absolute zero.

## Background

Sixty years ago, in 1957, John Bardeen, Leon Cooper and John Robert Schrieffer finally pieced together the puzzle of superconductivity, explaining in detail its mechanism and the associated effects.[2] The BCS theory, named after the three scientists, won Professor Cooper the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1972, which he shared with John Robert Schrieffer and his teacher, John Bardeen.[3]

## Contents

### Section 1: Historical Perspectives

The first section of the book describes important discoveries which led to the development of BCS theory.

• Chapter 1: "Remembrance of Superconductivity Past" by Leon N Cooper
• Chapter 2: "The Road to BCS" by John Robert Schrieffer
• Chapter 3: "Development of Concepts in Superconductivity" by John Bardeen
• Chapter 4: "Failed Theories of Superconductivity" by Jörg Schmalian
• Chapter 5: "Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and the BCS Theory" by Charles Pence Slichter
• Chapter 6: "Superconductivity: From Electron Interaction to Nuclear Superfluidity" by David Pines
• Chapter 7: "Developing BCS Ideas in the Former Soviet Union" by Lev P. Gor'kov
• Chapter 8: "BCS: The Scientific "Love of my Life"" by Philip Warren Anderson

### Section 2: Fluctuations, Tunneling and Disorder

The second section focuses on quantum phenomena which occur in superconductors.

• Chapter 9: "SQUIDs: Then and Now" by John Clarke
• Chapter 10: "Resistance in Superconductors" by Bertrand I. Halperin, Gil Refael and Eugene Demler
• Chapter 11: "Cooper Pair Breaking" by Peter Fulde
• Chapter 12: "Superconductor-Insulator Transitions" by Allen M. Goldman
• Chapter 13: "Novel Phases of Vortices in Superconductors" by Pierre Le Doussal
• Chapter 14: "Breaking Translational Invariance by Population Imbalance: The Fulde-Ferrell-Larkin-Ovchinnikov States" by Gertrud Zwicknagl and Jochen Wosnitza

### Section 3: New Superconductors

Section three of the book is on various experimental and theoretical methods used to identify new superconducting materials.

### Section 4: BCS Beyond Superconductivity

The final section of the book is on the application of BCS theory beyond the field of superconductivity.

## Reception

John Swain writing for CERN Courier describes the book as a wonderful review of a powerful unifying concept which covers an enormous range of phenomena.[4] Malcolm Beasley for Physics Today adds that the book will provide any person curious about superconductivity with something to enjoy.[5] In addition, Jermey Matthews, the book editor from Physics Today, had chosen BCS: 50 years as one of the five books to put on your 2011 holiday wish list.[6]

13 papers from the book have been published concurrently as a special issue of the International Journal of Modern Physics B.[7]