On the nature of research in condensed-state physics

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According to a commonly held view, the properties of condensed-matter systems are simply consequences of the properties of their atomic-level components, and all of theoretical research in condensed-matter physics consists essentially in deducing the former from the latter. I argue that this apparently plausible picture is totally misleading, and that condensed-matter physics is a discipline which is not only autonomous, but guaranteed in the long run to be fundamental.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)221-233
Number of pages13
JournalFoundations of Physics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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