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Weeding Landauer's Garden

Norton, John D. (2019) Weeding Landauer's Garden. [Preprint]

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Landauer’s (1961) “Irreversibility and Heat Generation in the Computing Process” speculated that there is a fundamental link between heat generation in computing machines and the logic of the computation implemented. While this proposal has become the central principle of the new “thermodynamics of computation,” it is a flawed proposal that depends on enduring misapplications of standard results in thermal and statistical physics.


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Norton, John D.jdnorton@pitt.edu0000-0003-0936-5308
Additional Information: This text has appeared, in shortened and edited form, as “A Hot Mess,” Inference: International Review of Science, Vol. 4, Issue 3, 2019. https://inference-review.com/article/a-hot-mess
Keywords: entropy, information, Landauer's principle, thermodynamics of computation
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Computation/Information > Classical
Specific Sciences > Physics > Statistical Mechanics/Thermodynamics
Depositing User: John Norton
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2019 01:44
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2019 01:44
Item ID: 16235
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Computation/Information > Classical
Specific Sciences > Physics > Statistical Mechanics/Thermodynamics
Date: July 2019
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/16235

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