Maxwell Zombies: Conjuring the Thermodynamic Undead

Modern descendants of Maxwell’s celebrated demon defy standard thinking about heat engines and may offer a path to a new kind of energy generation.

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July-August 2018

Volume 106, Number 4
Page 234

DOI: 10.1511/2018.106.4.234

The second law of thermodynamics is one of the most venerable and consequential of physical principles. Originally inspired by steam engines and the boring of cannon barrels during the 19th century, its sway has grown to encompass almost every process involving the movement of energy, from fundamental chemistry to biological aging to the birth and death of the universe.

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