When do these two fields of physics overlap other than when we discuss entropy of supersymmetric black holes? Does statistical mechanics or statistical physics support any aspect in string theory or vice verse? I have read some place that the string theory reduces to the standard model by doing some averaging. I didn't find enough sources though on this very subject. Can you provide me with links to papers? If not on this very subject - then on any subject that relates string theory to statistical physics? Thank you very much!