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Entropy 2004, 6(1), 38-49; doi:10.3390/e6010038
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The Decrease in Entropy via Fluctuations

11 Guildford Tce., Thorndon, Wellington, New Zealand
Received: 29 August 2003 / Accepted: 17 December 2003 / Published: 21 March 2004
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Quantum Limits to the Second Law of Thermodynamics)
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Abstract

Classical and quantum aspects of fluctuations are reviewed in a discussion on the universality of the second law. Consideration is given to the need of information and the requirement of a ratchet and pawl-type mechanism for the utilization of energy from fluctuations. Some aspects of the quantum theory of the Copenhagen school are compared to those of Bohm within the discussion.
Keywords: Szilard; ratchets; second law; Maxwell's demon; quantum theory; Bohm Szilard; ratchets; second law; Maxwell's demon; quantum theory; Bohm
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