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Anderson and condensed matter physics

Ramakrishnan, T V (2016) Anderson and condensed matter physics. [Book Chapter]

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The legacy of P. W. Anderson, perhaps the most fertile and influential condensed matter physicist of the second half of the twentieth century, is briefly mentioned here. I note three pervasive values. They are: emergence with its constant tendency to surprise us and to stretch our imagination, the Baconian emphasis on the experimental moorings of modern science, and mechanism as the explanatory core. Out of his work, which is spread over more than six decades and in many ways has charted modern condensed matter physics, nearly a dozen seminal contributions, chosen idiosyncratically, are mentioned at the risk of leaving out many which may also have started subfields. Some of these are: antiferromagnestism and broken symmetry, superexchange and strong electron correlations, localization in disordered systems, gauge invariance and mass, and the resonating valence bond in magnetic systems as well as in high-temperature superconductivity. © 2016 by World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Publication: PWA90: A Lifetime of Emergence
Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd.
Additional Information: The copyright for this article belongs to World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd.
Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Physics
Date Deposited: 23 May 2022 05:47
Last Modified: 23 May 2022 05:47
URI: https://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/71709

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