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

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INTRODUCTION: WHY SPIN GLASSES?

Spin glasses are disordered magnetic materials, and it’s hard to find a less promising candidate to serve as a focal point of complexity studies, much less as the object of thousands of investigations. On first inspection, they don’t seem particularly exciting. Although they’re a type of magnet, they’re not very good at being magnetic. Metallic spin glasses are unremarkable conductors, and insulating spin glasses are fairly useless as practical insulators. So why the interest?

Well, the answer to that depends on where you’re coming from. In what follows we’ll explore those features of spin glasses that have attracted, in turn, condensed matter and statistical physicists, complexity scientists, and mathematicians ...

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