Special Physics Seminar: Thursday, March 8th: Information Demonology: From It to Bit?

Event Date: 

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 5:15pm

Event Date Details: 

Pizza will be served at the conclusion of seminar.

Event Location: 

  • Broida 3302
  • Special Physics Seminar

What sort of demon would it take to violate the second law of thermodynamics? How would this demon have to process information? What does the exorcism of such demons require? Is information physical? What is the thermodynamic cost of computation? I will try to link the answers to these questions by talking about the physics behind information-demons, their exorcism and resurrections, tracking the idea from Maxwell to Bennett, and from thought experiment to laboratory device. I will assume no more than a grasp of introductory physics.

Vikram Duvvuri, Washington University - St. Louis