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A Mind Over Matter: Philip Anderson and the Physics of the Very Many

Andrew Zangwill


Philip W. Anderson (1923–2020) is widely regarded as one of the most accomplished and influential physicists of the second half of the twentieth century. Educated at Harvard, he served during World War II as a radar engineer, and began a thirty-five year career at Bell Laboratories in 1949. He was soon recognized as one of the pre-eminent theoretical physicists in the world, specializing in understanding the collective behavior of the vast number of atoms and electrons in a sample of solid matter. He won a one-third share of the 1977 Nobel Prize for Physics for his discovery of a phenomenon co ... More

Keywords: Philip Anderson, biography, condensed matter physics, localization, spin glass, broken symmetry, superconductivity, emergence, Superconducting Super Collider, resonating valence bond

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780198869108
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198869108.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Zangwill, author
Professor of Physics, School of Physics, Georgia Institute of Technology