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Spin Glasses and Complexity$
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Daniel L. Stein and Charles M. Newman

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691147338

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691147338.001.0001

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Are Spin Glasses Complex Systems?

Are Spin Glasses Complex Systems?

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Spin Glasses and Complexity

Daniel L. Stein

Charles M. Newman

Princeton University Press

This chapter considers how spin glass science fits into the larger area of complexity studies. It discusses three landmark papers in the field of complexity, by Warren Weaver, Herb Simon, and Phil Anderson, respectively, and examines how the ideas they introduced might relate to the current understanding of spin glasses. It also takes a brief look at recent developments, in particular various proposals for measures of complexity, and considers how they might illuminate some features of spin glasses. It concludes by asking whether spin glasses can still be thought of as “complex systems,” and in so doing introduces a proposal for a kind of “new complexity” as it relates to spin glasses.

Keywords:   spin glass science, complexity studies, Warren Weaver, Herb Simon, Phil Anderson, complex systems

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