As we mark the centenary of Albert Einstein's seminal contribution to both quantum mechanics and special relativity, we approach another anniversary - that of Einstein's foundation of the quantum theory of solids. But 100 years on, the same experimental measurement that puzzled Einstein and his contemporaries is forcing us to question our understanding of how quantum matter transforms at ultra-low temperatures.
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- January 2005
- Condensed Matter - Strongly Correlated Electrons
- Popular article on quantum criticality, written as part of Nature Supplement "Year of Physics Progress". pdf of article available at http://www.physics.rutgers.edu/users/coleman/finalfinal.pdf