Demons: Maxwell's demon, Szilard's engine and Landauer's erasuredissipation Conference Paper uri icon


  • This talk addressed the following questions in the public debate at HoTPI: (i) energy dissipation limits of switches, memories and control; (ii) whether reversible computers are possible, or does their concept violate thermodynamics; (iii) Szilard's engine, Maxwell's demon and Landauer's principle: corrections to their exposition in the literature; (iv) whether Landauer's erasuredissipation principle is valid, if the same energy dissipation holds for writing information, or if it is invalid; and (v) whether (non-secure) erasure of memories, or the writing of the same amount of information, dissipates most heat.

published proceedings

  • International Journal of Modern Physics Conference Series

altmetric score

  • 3.5

author list (cited authors)

  • Kish, L. B., Granqvist, C. G., Khatri, S. P., & Wen, H. e.

citation count

  • 9

complete list of authors

  • Kish, Laszlo B||Granqvist, Claes G||Khatri, Sunil P||Wen, He

publication date

  • January 2014