Journal article icon

Journal article

Colloquium: The physics of Maxwell's demon and information

Abstract:

Maxwell's demon was born in 1867 and still thrives in modern physics. He plays important roles in clarifying the connections between two theories: thermodynamics and information. Here the history of the demon and a variety of interesting consequences of the second law of thermodynamics are presented, mainly in quantum mechanics, but also in the theory of gravity. Also highlighted are some of the recent work that explores the role of information, illuminated by Maxwell's demon, in the arena of...

Expand abstract
Publication status:
Published

Actions


Access Document


Publisher copy:
10.1103/RevModPhys.81.1

Authors


More by this author
Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS
Department:
Physics
Sub department:
Atomic & Laser Physics
Role:
Author
Journal:
REVIEWS OF MODERN PHYSICS
Volume:
81
Issue:
1
Pages:
1-23
Publication date:
2009-01-01
DOI:
EISSN:
1539-0756
ISSN:
0034-6861
Source identifiers:
158515
Language:
English
Keywords:
Pubs id:
pubs:158515
UUID:
uuid:6b40c2d0-9bda-47a8-9d58-66c0cdc1bf29
Local pid:
pubs:158515
Deposit date:
2012-12-19

Terms of use


Views and Downloads






If you are the owner of this record, you can report an update to it here: Report update to this record

TO TOP