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Spin Glasses and Complexity by Charles M. Newman, Daniel L. Stein

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SPIN GLASSES: GENERAL FEATURES

As noted in the introduction, few things seem less likely at first glance to spark interest than the materials we now call spin glasses. Nevertheless, their rise was stunning. What one might call “sightings” of spin glasses, although they weren’t realized as such at the time, appeared sporadically in the scientific literature over several decades spanning the middle part of the twentieth century (see, e.g. [49–51]). But it wasn’t until the early 1970s that the condensed matter community first took serious notice of them, as a set of peculiar materials with perplexing and seemingly self-contradictory properties. Within a few years the subject had taken off as an area of intense scientific investigation, generating ...

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