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Entropy 2004, 6(1), 11-20; doi:10.3390/e6010011

A Collision Between Dynamics and Thermodynamics

Department of Philosophy, UCSD, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093, USA
Received: 18 June 2003 / Accepted: 15 December 2003 / Published: 30 March 2004
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Quantum Limits to the Second Law of Thermodynamics)
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Abstract

Philosophers of science have found the literature surrounding Maxwell's demon deeply problematic. This paper explains why, summarizing various philosophical complaints and adding to them. The first part of the paper critically evaluates attempts to exorcise Maxwell's demon; the second part raises foundational questions about some of the putative demons that are being summoned.
Keywords: Maxwell; demon; Szilard; second law; philosophy Maxwell; demon; Szilard; second law; philosophy
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