In our preliminary hindsight of the 20th century, we can revel in many fantastic scientific and technological achievements. Due to its remarkable potential and seemingly unlimited applications, few would fail to concede that developments in electronics were of the most profound of our achievements. At the last half of the 20th century, we saw an incredible explosion of electronics technology, fueled by the Nobel prize winning discovery of transistors by John Bardeen, William Shockley, and Walter Brattain. It took nearly 50 years for that discovery to climax as it has done. The transistor allowed smaller, more efficient and complex electronics, and paved the way for complex semiconductor devices, the integrated circuit, the microprocessor, and culminating in the powerful, portable computers of today.
As we now begin the next century, a new advancement shows equal, if not greater promise. Though its humble beginnings are nearly a century old, this remarkable discovery has enormously far-reaching potential, and applicability rivaling that of modern electronics. Indeed, as this advancement is refined, it promises to revolutionize modern electronics itself in much the same way the transistor did: making electronics faster, smaller, more efficient, and allow more complex devices. Once advanced to a practical level, these devices, these superconductors, will be among the most remarkable technological advancements brought forth by the human hand.
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