The Demon and the Quantum: From the Pythagorean Mystics to Maxwell's Demon and Quantum Mystery

Robert J. Scully; Marlan O. Scully

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Synopsis: This book explains the connection between Maxwell's Demon and the role of the observer and quantum eraser, showing that information science, thermodynamics and quantum physics are closely related. By focusing on entropy, information, and observation, the authors bring a unique perspective to this subject, providing an insight into the strange ways of the quantum that will fascinate scientists and lay readers alike.

From the Inside Flap: "Robert Scully, a diesel mechanic, enjoys tormenting scientists with demonic questions. Thereby he has produced a brilliant hiker's guide to the galaxy of atomic physics. He offers fresh insights into quantum theory, especially its profound interplay with information science, delivered with startling clarity and exuberant verve. For hikers eager to trot onward, endnotes by his father Marlan, a distinguished physicist, provide spirited but docile mathematical horses." - Dudley Herschbach, Nobel Laureate, Chemistry, Harvard University

"I've read 'The Demon and the Quantum' with interest. The book is impressive, with much careful history and personal stories of early scientists. The main scientific message is that the marriage of laser physics (i.e., the ammonia beam maser) and quantum mechanics (i.e., the quantum eraser) resolves the Maxwell demon paradox. This is a deep insight worthy of contemplation." - Charles Townes, Nobel Laureate, Physics, Berkeley

"Packed with deep thought, full of fascinating history, 'The Demon and the Quantum rips the veil from the deepest mysteries of the universe. Scully exhibits masterful command of his subject, the fundamental role of information in the cosmos." - Seth Lloyd, Author, "Programming the Universe", MIT

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