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Marc Mézard and Andrea Montanari

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780198570837

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198570837.001.0001

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Statistical physics and probability theory

Statistical physics and probability theory

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(p.23) 2 Statistical physics and probability theory
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Information, Physics, and Computation
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Marc Mézard

Andrea Montanari

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198570837.003.0002

This chapter introduces the basic concepts of statistical physics. The restrictive point of view adopted here keeps to classical (non-quantum) statistical physics and treats it as a branch of probability theory. The mechanism of phase transitions is described in the context of magnetic systems: ferromagnets and spin glasses.

Keywords:   statistical physics, phase transition, ferromagnet, spin glass, probability theory

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