This week’s BMC post will be a bit of a short, focused post about phase transitions and a nifty mathematical tool for looking at how they behave. I’m in the foggy head space of 4 hours of sleep right now, so forgive me if this is less of a science primer and more the ramblings of a madman.
So, today’s BMC post will touch on a topic near and dear to all my readers hearts: magnets, how do they work? Well, dear reader, they are not in fact miracles, but the result of the interactions of spin lattices that can be described using the Ising model of magnetism. I shall endeavor to explain a few key features of this model to you, and let you know about a few cool things we can do with it. Continue reading