This book contains a detailed and self-contained presentation of the replica theory of infinite range spin glasses. The authors also explain recent theoretical developments, paying particular attention to new applications in the study of optimization theory and neural networks. About two-thirds of the book are a collection of the most interesting and pedagogical articles on the subject.
..". a very useful source of relevant information on the progress achieved by theoretical physicists in the field. It can be helpful also to mathematicians trying to develop a mathematically rigorous counterpart of this theory."