EXCELLENT DETERMINATIONS of the electrical conductivity of liquid mercury were made by Matthiessen, Siemens and others in the early 1860's; it is a measure of the vitality of this branch of science that the explanation of the magnitude of this familiar physical constant is still controversial; until five years ago, we could not even explain its order of magnitude.
Electrons in liquid metals
John M. Ziman; Electrons in liquid metals. Physics Today 1 December 1966; 19 (12): 40–44. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.3047852
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