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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...

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Publisher copy:
10.1103/RevModPhys.81.1

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Physics, Atomic and Laser Physics
Journal:
REVIEWS OF MODERN PHYSICS
Volume:
81
Issue:
1
Pages:
1-23
Publication date:
2009
DOI:
EISSN:
1539-0756
ISSN:
0034-6861
URN:
uuid:6b40c2d0-9bda-47a8-9d58-66c0cdc1bf29
Source identifiers:
158515
Local pid:
pubs:158515

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