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Quantum Transport by Yaroslav M. Blanter, Yuli V. Nazarov

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Introduction

It is an interesting intellectual game to compress an essence of a science, or a given scientific field, to a single sentence. For natural sciences in general, this sentence would probably read: Everything consists of atoms. This idea seems evident to us. We tend to forget that the idea is rather old: it was put forward in Ancient Greece by Leucippus and Democritus, and developed by Epicurus, more than 2000 years ago. For most of this time, the idea remained a theoretical suggestion. It was experimentally confirmed and established as a common point of view only about 150 years ago.

Those 150 years of research in atoms have recently brought about the field of nanoscience, aiming at establishing control and making useful things ...

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