"This book is an excellent graduate-level text on the amazing connections between modern error-correcting codes (information theory), spin glass systems (condensed matter physics), and satisfiability problems (computational complexity). Each chapter has useful exercises and a great amount of background and references for further reading on the material covered. I would expect any researcher working near the intersection of information theory, statistical physics, and combinatorial optimization to find this book to be a highly-valued resource."--James W. Harrington for Mathematical Reviews
"The authors, who are experts in these domains, open the door to important results coming out of current research in the advanced treatment of complex systems and new ways to look at important problems in computer science, mathematics, and physics."--Computing Reviews
About the Author
Professor Marc Mezard
CNRS Research Director at Université de Paris Sud and Professor at Ecole Polytechnique, France
Marc Mezard received his PhD in 1984. He was hired in CNRS in 1981 and became research director in 1990 at Ecole Normale Supérieure. He joined the Université Paris Sud in 2001. He spent extensive periods in Rome University, in the KITP (Santa Barbara) and in MSRI (Berkeley). Author of about 150 publications, he has been
awarded the silver medal of CNRS in 1990 and the Ampere price of the French academy of science in 1996. Dr Andrea Montanari
Assistant Professor, Stanford University and CNRS France
Andrea Montanari received a Laurea degree in Physics in 1997, and a Ph. D. in Theoretical Physics in 2001 (both from Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, Italy). He has been post-doctoral fellow at Laboratoire de Physique Théorique de l'Ecole Normale Supérieure (LPTENS), Paris, France, and the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, Berkeley, USA. Since 2002 he is Chargé de Recherche (a permanent research position with Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, CNRS) at LPTENS.
In September 2006 he joined Stanford University as Assistant Professor in the Departments of Electrical Engineering and Statistics.
In 2006 he was awarded the CNRS bronze medal for theoretical physics.