# Failed theories of superconductivity

@article{Schmalian2010FailedTO,
title={Failed theories of superconductivity},
author={Joerg Schmalian},
journal={arXiv: History and Philosophy of Physics},
year={2010}
}
• J. Schmalian
• Published 3 August 2010
• Physics
• arXiv: History and Philosophy of Physics
Almost half a century passed between the discovery of superconductivity by Kamerlingh Onnes and the theoretical explanation of the phenomenon by Bardeen, Cooper and Schrieffer. During the intervening years the brightest minds in theoretical physics tried and failed to develop a microscopic understanding of the effect. A summary of some of those unsuccessful attempts to understand superconductivity not only demonstrates the extraordinary achievement made by formulating the BCS theory, but also…
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