Statistical mechanics is a major theoretical tool we use for the understanding of complex systems. There has in recent years been a shift away from purely equilibrium problems to working on systems that are out of equilibrium. Here in Edinburgh we conduct a wide programme of fundamental work on model systems which addresses the many novel principles of non-equilibrium physics: for example, true phase transitions can arise even in one dimension.
Our work also has direct relevance to a wide range of other disciplines besides physics, for example, biology, ecology and linguistics.
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