Syzygy

Mark J. Wierman

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Abstract

We were having a rare meeting of the Entropy Club at Purchase College. The Entropy Club met irregularly since, by strict rule, a meeting could only occur when all four of its members just happened to be in the same place at the same time. John, who was the physics major, was doing his senior thesis on entropy, and was currently bedeviled with Maxwell's demon. This imp controls a shutter on a stream and sends the high temperature particles to the left, and the low temperature particles to the right, creating a temperature differential that could be tapped to create electricity. This meant that the demon was basically making energy from nothing, a paradoxical result. Since I was doing my senior thesis on paradox I found this a fascinating situation to ponder.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationOn Fuzziness
Subtitle of host publicationA Homage to Lotfi A. Zadeh - Volume 2
EditorsRudolf Seising, Enric Trillas, Claudio Moraga, Settimo Termini
Pages755-762
Number of pages8
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 29 2013

Publication series

NameStudies in Fuzziness and Soft Computing
Volume299
ISSN (Print)1434-9922

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Computational Mathematics

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    Wierman, M. J. (2013). Syzygy. In R. Seising, E. Trillas, C. Moraga, & S. Termini (Eds.), On Fuzziness: A Homage to Lotfi A. Zadeh - Volume 2 (pp. 755-762). (Studies in Fuzziness and Soft Computing; Vol. 299). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-35644-5-47