About 120 years ago, James Clerk Maxwell introduced his now legendary hypothetical ‘demon’
as a challenge to the integrity of the second law of thermodynamics.
Fascination with the demon persisted throughout the development of statistical and quantum physics,
information theory and computer science –
and links have been established between Maxwell’s demon and each of these disciplines.
The demon’s seductive quality makes it appealing to physical scientists,
engineers, computer scientists, biologists, psychologists, and historians and philosophers of science.
This book, Maxwell’s Demon: Entropy, Information, Computing,
brings under one cover twenty-five reprints,
including seminal works by James Clerk Maxwell and William Thomson;
historical reviews by Martin Klein, Edward Daub and Peter Heimann;
important contributions by Leo Szilard, Leon Brillouin, Dennis Gabor and Jerome Rothstein;
and remarkable innovations by Rolf Landauer and Charles Bennett.
Until now this important material has been scattered throughout diverse journals.
Maxwell’s Demon: Entropy, Information, Computing makes the key literature easily available
and helps with the cross-fertilisation of ideas in different disciplines.
An annotated chronological bibliography provides a colourful perspective
on Maxwell’s demon and a rich trail of citations for further study.
- William Thomson. Kinetic theory of the dissipation of energy. Nature, IX. 1874
- Edward E. Daub. Maxwell's demon. Stud. Hist. Phil. Sci., 1. 1970
- Martin J. Klein. Maxwell, his demon, and the second law of thermodynamics. Am. Sci., 58. 1970
- L. Brillouin. Life, thermodynamics, and cybernetics. Am. Sci., 37. 1949
- Jerome Rothstein. Information, measurement, and quantum mechanics. Science, 114. 1951
- Leo Szilard. On the decrease of entropy in a thermodynamic system by the intervention of intelligent beings. Behavioural Science, 9. 1964
- L. Brillouin. Maxwell's demon cannot operate: information and Entropy I. J. Appl. Phys., 22. 1951
- J. M. Jauch, J. G. Baron. Entropy, information and Szilard's paradox. Helv. Phys. Acta., 45. 1972
- Olivier Costa de Beauregard, Myron Tribus. Information theory and thermodynamics. Helv. Phys. Acta., 47. 1974
- Rolf Landauer. Irreversibility and heat generation in the computing process. IBM J. Res. Dev., 5. 1961
- Wojciech H. Zurek. Maxwell's demon, Szilard's engine and quantum measurements. Frontiers of Non-Equilibrium Statistical Physics. 1984
- Elihu Lubkin. Keeping the entropy of measurement: Szilard revisited. Int. J. Theor. Phys., 26. 1987
- Charles H. Bennett. The thermodynamics of computation---a review. Int. J. Theor. Phys., 21. 1982
- Rolf Landauer. Computation: a fundamental physical view. Phys. Scr., 35. 1987
- Charles H. Bennett. Notes on the history of reversible computation. IBM J. Res. Dev., 32. 1988
- P. M. Heimann. Molecular forces, statistical representation and Maxwell's demon. Stud. Hist. Phil. Sci. 1, 213-27. 1970
- Kenneth Denbigh. How subjective is entropy?. Chem. Brit. 17, 168-85. 1981
- Alvin M. Weinberg. On the relation between information and energy systems: a family of Maxwell's demons. Interdisciplinary Sci. Rev. 7, 47-52. 1982
- Richard C. Raymond. The well-informed heat engine. Am. J. Phys. 19, 109-12. 1951
- C. Finfgeld, S. Machlup. Well-informed heat engine: efficiency and maximum power. Am. J. Phys. 28, 324-6. 1960
- Philip Rodd. Some comments on entropy and information. Am. J. Phys. 32, 333-5. 1964
- Dennis Gabor. Light and information. (section 5, appendix IV) Progress in Optics 1, 111-53. 1964
- Andrew F. Rex. The operation of Maxwell's demon in a low entropy system. Am. J. Phys. 55, 359-62. 1987
- Charles H. Bennett. Logical reversibility of computation. IBM J. Res. Dev. 17, 525-32. 1973
- Richard A. Laing. Maxwell's demon and computation. Phil. Sci. 41, 171-8. 1974