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Physics: The Opening to Complexity

Organized by Philip Anderson

June 26-27, 1994
Irvine, CA

Sunday, June 26
Philip W. Anderson, Princeton University, Introduction

Session One - Physics in a Random World
Marvin Goldberger, University of California, San Diego, Moderator

Spin Glasses and Nonergodicity
Richard G. Palmer, Duke University

Mesoscopics: From Anderson Localization to Quantum Chaos
Boris L. Altschuler, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Brain Dynamics and Earthquake Models
Andreas Herz, Beckman Institute, University of Illinois and John Hopfiels, California Institute of Technology

Session Two - Outstanding Problems in Quantum Physics at Ordinary Scales
Patricia E. Cladis, AT&T Bell Laboratories, Moderator

Decoherence, Chaos, and Quantum Measurement
Wojcieck H. Zurek, Leader, Theoretical Astrophysics Group, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Santa Fe Institute

Exotic Phases in the Quantum Hall Effect
Matthew P. A. Fisher, Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara

Heavy Electron Physics
Zachary Fisk, Los Alamos National Laboratory

New Physics of Metals: Fermi Surfaces without Fermi Liquids
Philip W. Anderson, Princeton University

Monday, June 27

Session Three - Physics of Complex Materials
Clare Yu, University of California, Irvine, Moderator

Nanometers and Piconewtons: Using Optical Tweezers to Study Biological Motors
Steven M. Block, Princeton University

The Old Problems of Glass and Some New Twists
Charles Austen Angell, Arizona State University

Macromolecular Physics
Philip A. Pincus, University of California, Santa Barbara

Is There [Any] Physics in Mitosis?
Stanislas Leibler, Princeton University

Self Organized Criticality
Per Bak, Brookhaven National Laboratory

Session Four - Systems Which Scale
Gene F. Mazenko, Associate Provost and Professor, The James Franck Institute, The University of Chicago, Moderator

Scaling in Geology: Landforms and Earthquakes
Donald L. Turcotte, Cornell University

Turbulence: Order and Disorder in Fluid Motion
Jerry P. Gollub, Haverford College, University of Pennsylvania

Sand Piles, Scaling and Singularities
Glen Swindle, University of California, Santa Barbara

Summary and Adjournment
James S. Langer, Institute for Theoretical physics, University of California at Santa Barbara

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