Demons in Physics [Book Review]

Metascience 23 (2):1-10 (2014)

Amit Hagar
Indiana University, Bloomington
In their book The Road to Maxwell's Demon Hemmo & Shenker re-describe the foundations of statistical mechanics from a purely empiricist perspective. The result is refreshing, as well as intriguing, and it goes against much of the literature on the demon. Their conclusion, however, that Maxwell's demon is consistent with statistical mechanics, still leaves open the question of why such a demon hasn't yet been observed on a macroscopic scale. This essay offers a sketch of what a possible answer could look like.
Keywords Statistical Mechanics  Probability  Entropy  Control  Computational Complexity  Information
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DOI 10.1007/s11016-014-9882-y
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