By Harvey S. Leff
About one hundred twenty years in the past, James Clerk Maxwell brought his now mythical hypothetical "demon" as a problem to the integrity of the second one legislations of thermodynamics. Fascination with the demon persevered during the improvement of statistical and quantum physics, details conception, and computing device science--and linkages were confirmed among Maxwell's demon and every of those disciplines. The demon's seductive caliber makes it beautiful to actual scientists, engineers, desktop scientists, biologists, psychologists, and historians and philosophers of technological know-how. before its very important resource fabric has been scattered all through assorted journals.
This e-book brings below one hide twenty-five reprints, together with seminal works by way of Maxwell and William Thomson; old studies through Martin Klein, Edward Daub, and Peter Heimann; info theoretic contributions through Leo Szilard, Leon Brillouin, Dennis Gabor, and Jerome Rothstein; and thoughts by means of Rolf Landauer and Charles Bennett illustrating linkages with the boundaries of computation. An introductory bankruptcy summarizes the demon's lifestyles, from Maxwell's representation of the second one law's statistical nature to the newest "exorcism" of the demon in keeping with a necessity periodically to erase its reminiscence. An annotated chronological bibliography is included.
Originally released in 1990.
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