Real-life Maxwell's demon adds fuel to debate about status of the second law

By Tom Siegfried, 09:10 AM March 7, 2013

Fight Club had its First Rule (don’t talk about Fight Club). The Transporter enforces Rule Number 1 (never change the deal). And NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs observes Rule 1 (never mix the suspects together in the same room).

Physics has the second law of thermodynamics.

It’s weird when you think about it. Movies and TV shows always give their prime rule top billing. But the physics rule alleged by Sir Arthur Eddington to hold the “supreme position among the laws of Nature” is onl...

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