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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 University Press Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691147338.001.0001

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Order, Symmetry, and the Organization of Matter

Order, Symmetry, and the Organization of Matter

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(p.15) 1 Order, Symmetry, and the Organization of Matter
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Spin Glasses and Complexity
Author(s):

Daniel L. Stein

Charles M. Newman

Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691147338.003.0002

This chapter introduces the basic concepts and language that will be needed later on: order, symmetry, invariance, broken symmetry, Hamiltonian, condensed matter, order parameter, ground state, and several thermodynamic terms. It also presents the necessary concepts from thermodynamics and statistical mechanics that will be needed later. It boils down the latter to its most elemental and essential ingredient: that of temperature as controlling the relative probabilities of configurations of different energies. For much of statistical mechanics, all else is commentary. This is sufficient to present an intuitive understanding of why and how matter organizes itself into different phases as temperature varies, and leads to the all-important concept of a phase transition.

Keywords:   spin glasses, order, symmetry, invariance, broken symmetry, Hamiltonian, condensed matter, order parameter, ground state, thermodynamics

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