Resource Letter MD-1: Maxwell's Demon

Andrew Rex, University of Puget Sound
Harvey S. Leff, Physics Department, California State Polytechnic University, 3801 W. Temple, Pomona, California 91768


This Resource Letter provides a comprehensive guide to the voluminous literature that has developed around Maxwell’s demon, and offers a perspective on issues for which the hypothetical character Maxwell introduced over 120 years ago has inspired continuing research and debate. The code (E) indicates elementary level or general interest material useful to persons just learning the field; (I) indicates intermediate level or somewhat specialized material; and (A) indicates advanced or highly specialized material. No accompanying AAPT reprint book will be available, because an extensive reprint collection (Ref. 29) edited by the authors will be published separately.