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Foundations of the Second Law

Foundations of the Second Law

This video was recorded at MIT World Series: Meeting the Entropy Challenge. The nine panelists set out to address, very briefly, some of the key questions of the symposium. Seth Lloyd discusses the Maxwell demon paradox and the spin-echo effect, and how in some cases, in an apparent violation of the Second Law of Thermodynamics "entropy goes up and whoa, goes down then up." He notes that when the laws of thermodynamics appear not to be true, "we simply revise our opinions and re-describe" them, which is "a pathetic situation." Owen Maroney invokes "straightforward statistical mechanical assumptions" in his discussion of whether "something can violate the Second Law or not," and raises Szilard's engine and Landauer's erasure principle. Silviu Guiasu aims to show there is no contradiction... Show More

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