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Stealing the Gold: A celebration of the pioneering physics of Sam Edwards

Paul Goldbart, Nigel Goldenfeld, and David Sherrington

Abstract

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

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780198528531
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198528531.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Goldbart, editor
Dept of Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Nigel Goldenfeld, editor
Dept of Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

David Sherrington, author
Theoretical Physics, University of Oxford

Contents

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FOREWORD

Paul M. Goldbart

PREFACE

Paul M. Goldbart

4 SAM EDWARDS AND THE TURBULENCE THEORY

Katepalli R. Sreenivasan, and Gregory L. Eyink

11 REPRINT THEORY OF SPIN GLASSES

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

16 REPRINT THE THEORY OF RUBBER ELASTICITY

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

17 SAM EDWARDS AND THE STATISTICAL MECHANICS OF RUBBER

Paul M. Goldbart, and Nigel Goldenfeld

19 THE DOI–EDWARDS THEORY

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

22 REPRINT THEORY OF POWDERS

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

24 REPRINT THE TRANSMISSION OF STRESS IN AN AGGREGATE

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

25 GRANULAR MEDIA: THREE SEMINAL IDEAS OF SIR SAM

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

CHAPTERS ON THE EDWARDSIAN APPROACH TO RESEARCH

27 A SCIENTIST FOR ALL SEASONS

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