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Does Maxwell's Demon violate the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics

  1. Dec 30, 2015 #1
    I'm a newbie (obviously), but I just read this recent paper describing an "experimental realization of an autonomous Maxwell’s demon" (along with this review). I think I understand the general concept of Maxwell's thought experiment well enough (from a layman's perspective), but I'm having difficulty understanding the implications of Koski's new apparatus. The authors of the paper don't specifically claim to be violating the 2nd Law of Thermo; nevertheless, they are reducing entropy of the system under test (i.e. temperature drop). Can someone help me understand the significance of this paper? (I'm particularly interested in the meaning and plausibility of so-called "information-powered devices".)
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  3. Dec 30, 2015 #2
    No, it doesn't.
    He will increase entropy by clearing registers of records.
    Interestingly this creature is bringing together thermodynamics and information theory.
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    For a popular-science explanation of the resolution of the Maxwell-demon paradox see the excellent book

    J. Gleick, Information
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