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Maxwell's Demon Does Not Compute

Norton, John D. (2017) Maxwell's Demon Does Not Compute. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Must a Maxwell demon must fail to reverse the second law of thermodynamics? Standard attempts to show it must fail make use of notions of information and computation. None of these attempts have succeeded. Worse they have distracted both supporters and opponents of these attempts from a much simpler demonstration of the necessary failure of a Maxwell's demon that employs no notions of information or computation. It requires only Liouville's theorem and its quantum analog.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Norton, John D.jdnorton@pitt.edu0000-0003-0936-5308
Keywords: Maxwell's demon thermodynamics second law
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Statistical Mechanics/Thermodynamics
General Issues > Thought Experiments
Depositing User: John Norton
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2018 01:14
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2018 01:14
Item ID: 14808
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Statistical Mechanics/Thermodynamics
General Issues > Thought Experiments
Date: 20 April 2017
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/14808

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