Maxwell’s demon was born in 1867 and his sole function was to illustrate some potential problems with the Second Law of thermodynamics. He still thrives in modern physics and plays an important role in clarifying connections between thermodynamics and information theory. In my talk I will present a variety of different demons which, when restricted by the Second Law, will lead to interesting consequences in electromagnetism, optics, gravity, quantum mechanics as well as quantum information. Finally, I will speculate if the concept of information could in some sense be considered deeper than the entities typically though of as fundamental in physics and will mention various efforts to derive quantum physics from simpler information theoretic axioms.
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Date & time: 01/06/2015 at 10:00.
Location: Room P12, Mathematics Building, Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon.
Note: Joint event with the DP-PMI Day.