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Maxwell's Demon By Harvey Leff

Maxwell's Demon
by Harvey Leff

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About 120 years ago, James Clerk Maxwell introduced his hypothetical "demon" as a challenge to the second law of thermodynamics. This book brings together 25 reprints, including seminal works by Maxwell, which address the "demon" as it affects concepts in quantum physics and information science.
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Maxwell's Demon: Entropy, Information, Computing by Harvey Leff

About 120 years ago, James Clerk Maxwell introduced his now legendary hypothetical "demon" as a challenge to the integrity of the second law of thermodynamics. Fascination with the demon persisted throughout the development of statistical and quantum physics, information theory and computer science - and links have been established between Maxwell's demon and each of these disciplines. This book brings together under one cover 25 reprints, including seminal works by Maxwell and William Thomson, historical reviews by Martin Klein, Edward Daub and Peter Helmann. It includes contributions by Leo Szilard, Leon Brillouin, Dennis Gabor and Jerome Rothstein and innovations by Rolf Landauer and Charles Bennett. Until now this material has been scattered throughout divers journals and this book aims to make the key literatures easily available helping with cross-fertilisation of ideas in different disciplines. An annotated chronological bibliography provides a perspective on Maxwell's demon.

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Table of Contents

Overview - introduction; the demon and its properties; Szilard's model - entropy and information acquisition; information acquisition via light signals - a temporary resolution; computers and erasures of information - a new resolution; other aspects of Maxwell's demon; molecular forces, statistical representation and Maxwell's demon; Mawell, his demon and the second law of thermodynamics; life, thermodynamics and cybernetics; information, measurement and quantum mechanics; how subjective is entropy?; on the relation between information and energy systems - family of Maxwell's demons; Maxwell's demons and information and information acqusition - on the decrease of entropy in a thermodynmaic system by the intervention of intelligent beings; Maxwell's demon cannot operate - information and entropy; the well-informed heat engine; well-informed heat engine - efficiency and maximum power; some comments on entropy and information; light and information; entropy, information and Szilard's paradox; information theory and thermodynamics; the operation of Maxwell's demon in a low entropy system; Maxwell's demon, information erasure and computing - irreversibility and heat generation in the computing process; logical reversilbility of computation; Maxwell's demon and computation; the thermodynamics of computation - a review; Maxwell's demon, Szilard's engine and quantum measurements; computation - a fundamental physical view; keeping the entropy of measurement - Szilard revisited; notes on the history of reversible computation.

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Maxwell's Demon: Entropy, Information, Computing by Harvey Leff
Harvey Leff
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