By Harvey Leff, Andrew F. Rex
Over one hundred thirty years in the past, James Clerk Maxwell brought his hypothetical 'demon' as a problem to the scope of the second one legislations of thermodynamics. Fascination with the demon endured in the course of the improvement of statistical and quantum physics, details concept and desktop technology, and hyperlinks were demonstrated among Maxwell's demon and every of those disciplines. The demon's seductive caliber makes it attractive to actual scientists, engineers, computing device scientists, biologists, psychologists, and historians and philosophers of technology. because the booklet of Maxwell's Demon: Entropy, details, Computing in 1990, Maxwell's demon has been the topic of renewed and elevated curiosity through various researchers within the fields pointed out above. This e-book, Maxwell's Demon 2: Entropy, Classical and Quantum info, Computing, is an up to date and multiplied model of the unique. a number of the seminal papers that seemed within the first variation were retained, together with the unique techniques of James Clerk Maxwell and William Thomson; an old evaluation via Martin Klein; and key articles via Leo Szilard, Leon Brillouin, Rolf Landauer, and Charles Bennett that resulted in new branches of study at the demon. This moment version comprises more moderen articles via Landauer, Bennett, and others, relating to Landauer's precept; connections with quantum mechanics; algorithmic info; and the thermodynamics and boundaries of computation. Maxwell's Demon 2: Entropy, Classical and Quantum details, Computing includes separate bibliographies: an alphabetical directory, by way of writer, and a chronological bibliography that's annotated by way of the editors and includes chosen charges from the books andarticles indexed. The bibliography has greater than doubled in measurement given that booklet of the 1st variation and now includes over 570 entries.