Discussion on "frontiers of the second law"

Seth Lloyd, Adrian Bejan, Charles Bennett, Gian Paolo Beretta, Howard Butler, Lyndsay Gordon, Miroslav Grmela, Elias P. Gyftopoulos, George N. Hatsopoulos, David Jou, Signe Kjelstrup, Noam Lior, Sam Miller, Miguel Rubi, Eric D. Schneider, Dusan P. Sekulic, Zhuomin Zhang

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This article reports an open discussion that took place during the Keenan Symposium "Meeting the Entropy Challenge" (held in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on October 4, 2007) following the short presentations - each reported as a separate article in the present, volume - by Adrian Bejan, Bjarne Andresen, Miguel Rubi, Signe Kjelstrup, David Jou, Miroslav Grmela, Lyndsay Gordon, and Eric Schneider. All panelists and the audience were asked to address the following questions Is the second law relevant when we trap single ions, prepare, manipulate and measure single photons, excite single atoms, induce spin echoes, measure quantum entanglement? Is it possible or impossible to build Maxwell demons that beat the second law by exploiting fluctuations? Is the maximum entropy generation principle capable of unifying nonequilibrium molecular dynamics, chemical kinetics, nonlocal and nonequilibrium. rheology, biological systems, natural structures, and cosmological evolution? Research in quantum computation and quantum information has raised many fundamental questions about the foundations of quantum theory. Are any of these questions related to the second law?

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMeeting the Entropy Challenge - An International Thermodynamics Symposium in Honor and Memory of Professor Joseph H. Keenan
Number of pages9
StatePublished - 2008
EventMeeting the Entropy Challenge - International Thermodynamics Symposium. In Honor and Memory of Professor Joseph H. Keenan - Cambridge, MA, United States
Duration: Oct 4 2007Oct 5 2007

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616


ConferenceMeeting the Entropy Challenge - International Thermodynamics Symposium. In Honor and Memory of Professor Joseph H. Keenan
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityCambridge, MA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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