About Ginzburg — Landau, and a bit about others
Lebedev Physical Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Leninsky prosp. 53, Moscow, 119991, Russian Federation
This note is a brief history of how the theory of
Ginzburg and Landau came to be. Early publications on the
macroscopic theory of superconductivity are reviewed in detail.
Discussions that the two co-authors had with their colleagues
and between themselves are described. The 1952 review by
V L Ginzburg is discussed, in which a number of well-defined
requirements on the yet-to-be-developed microscopic theory of
superconductivity were formulated, constituting what J Bardeen
called the ’Ginzburg energy gap model’.