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

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PREFACE

This book began as a series of lectures given by one of us (DLS) at the 2008 Complex Systems Summer School in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Those lectures were aimed at a broad audience, comprising physicists, mathematicians, biologists, computer scientists, engineers, chemists, economists, and anthropologists, brought together through their interest in the overarching theme of complexity and its relation to their own disciplines.

Presenting a highly technical subject like spin glasses to a diverse set of backgrounds and interests is challenging, to say the least. In retrospect, with our having just finished this book, that earlier challenge seems relatively mild. With a book one can be more expansive and cover more topics, but at the same time ...

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