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Are there any good books on the history of condensed matter?

While is not a general history of condensed matter physics, Out of the Chrystal Maze: Chapters from The History of Solid State Physics is a history of solid state physics.
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Why is the thermoelectric figure of merit denoted by $ZT$?

My guess for the Z From THIS Germain-English dictionary, we see that "Figure of merit" in German could be G├╝tezahl $\qquad$ or $\qquad$ Leistungskennzahl in electrical engineering. So probably ...
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Why is the thermoelectric figure of merit denoted by $ZT$?

The concept of the thermoelectric figure of merit and the abbreviation ZT were introduced by the Russian physicist Abram Fedorovich Ioffe in 1949, so I assume the acronym originates from Russian. ...
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What are some of the greatest predictions of new phenomena in condensed matter theory?

I think topological insulators and the Josephson effect would be good examples. The theoretical roots of topological insulators go back to the 1980s, but Kane and Mele's 2005 theory paper on "$...
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What is the history of $T\neq 0$ quantum field theory?

An important early work is L. Dolan and R. Jackiw, Phys. Rev. D 9, 3320 (1974), which unfortunately is behind a paywall. In their introduction they refer to earlier work by Kirzhnits and Linde, Phys. ...
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