Spin glasses and complexity

Daniel L. Stein, Charles M. Newman

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Abstract

"Spin glasses are disordered magnetic systems that have led to the development of mathematical tools with an array of real-world applications, from airline scheduling to neural networks. Spin Glasses and Complexity offers the most concise, engaging, and accessible introduction to the subject, fully explaining what spin glasses are, why they are important, and how they are opening up new ways of thinking about complexity. This one-of-a-kind guide to spin glasses begins by explaining the fundamentals of order and symmetry in condensed matter physics and how spin glasses fit into--and modify--this framework. It then explores how spin-glass concepts and ideas have found applications in areas as diverse as computational complexity, biological and artificial neural networks, protein folding, immune response maturation, combinatorial optimization, and social network modeling.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherPrinceton University Press
ISBN (Print)0691147337, 9780691147338
StatePublished - Jan 15 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mathematics(all)

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    Stein, D. L., & Newman, C. M. (2013). Spin glasses and complexity. Princeton University Press.