Wednesday, October 10, 2007

BCS 50th Anniversary Conference

Today is the start of the conference marking the 50th anniversary of the BCS theory of superconductivity at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. I wrote about the news of this conference in an earlier blog entry.

Several news organizations are reporting on this event such as this one. It is important to note the significance of the BCS theory of superconductivity and its impact on physics as a whole.

Not just a milestone in condensed-matter physics or physics in general, something most physicists would agree upon, but "one of the high-water marks of human thought" is how Goldbart characterized the so-called BCS Theory recently.

"I really feel that," he said.

"This is a theory that had an enormous impact on physics in all areas, I would say," added Goldbart's colleague in the UI Physics Department, Professor Gordon Baym.

So, if you're at UIUC and attending this conference, I'd appreciate a first-hand report from you.


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