Researchers have constructed an engine primarily based on a well-known thought experiment known as Maxwell’s demon, and it might assist us perceive how entropy is produced


20 September 2022

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A canister of shaking beads mimics the Maxwell’s demon thought experiment

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A tool primarily based on a 155-year-old thought experiment has been realised on the largest scale but, and it might assist us perceive how entropy, or dysfunction, is produced. It might additionally sometime be used to reap power from movement.

Maxwell’s demon is a thought experiment first proposed by Scottish mathematician James Clerk Maxwell in 1867. He imagined a tiny demon sorting fuel particles by temperature into two chambers, heating up one and cooling down one other. In concept, this …

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