The collection of trails blazed by Sam Edwards during half a century of fundamental research in theoretical physics is truly astonishing. He led theoretical physics into uncharted territories from his roots in quantum field theory — beginning with his seminal work on the transport properties of disordered metals, and continuing to the present day with his ground-breaking efforts to create a statistical mechanics of granular materials. Along the way, he and his collaborators developed the first modern theory of polymers in solution and in the rubbery state; created and explored the tube concept ... More

*Keywords: *
Sam Edwards,
condensed matter physics,
disordered systems,
spin glasses,
soft matter,
polymers,
turbulence,
powders,
granular materials,
statistical mechanics

Print publication date: 2004 | Print ISBN-13: 9780198528531 |

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 | DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198528531.001.0001 |

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## Front Matter

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FOREWORD

### Paul M. Goldbart

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PREFACE

### Paul M. Goldbart

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2 IMPURITY DIAGRAMMATICS AND THE PHYSICS OF DISORDERED METALS

### D. Khmelnitskii

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4 SAM EDWARDS AND THE TURBULENCE THEORY

### Katepalli R. Sreenivasan, and Gregory L. Eyink

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8 THE COARSE GRAINED APPROACH IN POLYMER PHYSICS

### Y. Oono, and T. Ohta

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11 REPRINT THEORY OF SPIN GLASSES

### S. F. Edwards, and P. W. Anderson

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12 REMARKS ON THE EDWARDS–ANDERSON PAPER

### P. W. Anderson

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13 EDWARDS–ANDERSON: OPENING UP THE WORLD OF COMPLEXITY

### David Sherrington

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14 THE OVERLAP IN GLASSY SYSTEMS

### Giorgio Parisi

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15 THEORY OF RANDOM SOLID STATES

### M. Mézard

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16 REPRINT THE THEORY OF RUBBER ELASTICITY

### R. T. Deam, and S. F. Edwards

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17 SAM EDWARDS AND THE STATISTICAL MECHANICS OF RUBBER

### Paul M. Goldbart, and Nigel Goldenfeld

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18 REPRINT DYNAMICS OF CONCENTRATED POLYMER SYSTEMS PART 2.—MOLECULAR MOTION UNDER FLOW

### M. Doi, and S. F. Edwards

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19 THE DOI–EDWARDS THEORY

### W. W. Graessley, and T. C. B. McLeish

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20 REPRINT THE SURFACE STATISTICS OF A GRANULAR AGGREGATE

### S. F. Edwards, and D. R. Wilkinson

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21 THE SURFACE STATISTICS OF A GROWING AGGREGATE

### Mehran Kardar

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22 REPRINT THEORY OF POWDERS

### S. F. Edwards, and R. B. S. Oakeshott

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23 BUILDING A THERMODYNAMICS ON SAND

### Jorge Kurchan

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24 REPRINT THE TRANSMISSION OF STRESS IN AN AGGREGATE

### S. F. Edwards, and R. B. S. Oakeshott

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25 GRANULAR MEDIA: THREE SEMINAL IDEAS OF SIR SAM

### J.-P. Bouchaud, and M. E. Cates

## CHAPTERS ON THE EDWARDSIAN APPROACH TO RESEARCH

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27 A SCIENTIST FOR ALL SEASONS

### Sir Geoffrey Allen, and F.R.S. F.R. Eng.

## End Matter