Maxwell's demon

Meir Hemmo*, Orly Shenker

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Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)389-411
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Philosophy
Volume107
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2010

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39 Ibid., 128-35. UJ Ibid., 135. 41 R. Clausius, ‘Ueber eine veranderte Form des zweiten Hauptsatzes der mechanischen Wirmetheorie’, Annalen& r Physik, 93 (1854), 48-506. Clausius did not use the word ‘entropy’ until 1865. In the original paper he spoke of the sum of transformation values j dQ,/T = JVfor a cycle, where X< o was impossible, 3v = o was the reversible case, and N> o was the irreversible cycle. 42 Loschmidt, op. cit., note 38, 137-g. 43 L. Boltzmann, ‘Bemerkungen iiber einige Probleme der mechanischen Wfrmetheorie’ (1877), reprinted in WissenschaftlichAe bhandlungenv an Ludwig Bolttmann, ed. F. Hasenohrl (Leipzig, agog), Vol. II, 120. ++L . Szilard, ‘Ueber die Entropieverminderung in einem thermodynamischen System bei Eingriffen intelligenter Wesen’, zeitschriitf tir Physik, 53 (I gzg), 84~56. 45 J. R. Pierce, Symbols,S ignals, and Noise (New York, tg6t), tg8-201. 46 Ibid., 201. 47 Szilard, op. cit., note 44, 842. .+a Ibid., 843. 49 L. Brillouin, Sciencea nd InformationT heory (New York, rg56), 164. so I am indebted to my colleague Richard Cole of the Kansas University Philosophy Department for this thought-experiment. s1 I. Newton, %&on’s Philosophyo f Nature, ed. H. S. Thayer (New York, 1g53), 44. 52 L. Campbell and W. Garnett, i% Life of James Clerk Maxwell (London, 1882), 394. 53 The support of the National Science Foundation is gratefully acknowledged.

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