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The description of physical phenomena in terms of a statistical treatment of the behavior of large numbers of atoms or molecules, especially with regard to the distribution of energy among them.
- It brought together experts in number theory, quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics, and other areas of physics and mathematics to work on various problems centered on so-called random matrix theory.
- Some researchers have dismissed effective complexity as being too context dependent, or even subjective, but Gell-Mann disagrees, pointing out that similar judgements are routinely made in statistical mechanics.
- Appropriate time scales for the survival of statistical mechanics may be assumed by the fact that its basic concepts have not changed substantially for about 100 years.
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