Monday, June 7, 2010

Maxwell's Demon

Semi-random commuting sketch... one in a series of physics monsters.

And here's some background:
Maxwell's demon is a thought experiment created by the Scottish physicist James Clerk Maxwell to "show that the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics has only a statistical certainty." The thought experiment demonstrates Maxwell's point by describing how to violate the 2nd Law. In the experiment an imaginary container is divided into two parts by an insulated wall, with a door that can be opened and closed by what came to be called "Maxwell's Demon". The hypothetical demon is able to let only the "hot" molecules of gas flow through to a favored side of the chamber, causing that side to appear to spontaneously heat up while the other side cools down.

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