Next Article in Journal / Special Issue
The adiabatic piston: a perpetuum mobile in the mesoscopic realm
Previous Article in Journal / Special Issue
Thomson's formulation of the second law for macroscopic and finite work sources
Article Menu

Export Article

Open AccessArticle
Entropy 2004, 6(1), 38-49; doi:10.3390/e6010038

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)
View Full-Text   |   Download PDF [74 KB, uploaded 24 February 2015]   |  


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. View Full-Text
Keywords: Szilard; ratchets; second law; Maxwell's demon; quantum theory; Bohm Szilard; ratchets; second law; Maxwell's demon; quantum theory; Bohm

Figure 1

This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

Scifeed alert for new publications

Never miss any articles matching your research from any publisher
  • Get alerts for new papers matching your research
  • Find out the new papers from selected authors
  • Updated daily for 49'000+ journals and 6000+ publishers
  • Define your Scifeed now

SciFeed Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Gordon, L.G. The Decrease in Entropy via Fluctuations. Entropy 2004, 6, 38-49.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Related Articles

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics



[Return to top]
Entropy EISSN 1099-4300 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top