Comic: Maxwell's Demon

02 Aug 2006 // books

Maxwell's Demon refers to the hypothetical creature that James Clerk Maxwell postulated, who could bend the Second Law of Thermodynamics. Small, tiny, and agile, Maxwell's Demon stands at the doorway between a hot room full of fast bouncing balls and a cold room full of slower bouncing balls. The demon then quickly opens the door when a slightly slower ball in the hot room bounced towards the door, or a slightly faster ball in the cold room bounced towards the hot room. That way, Maxwell's Demon makes the hot room hotter, and the cold room colder, defyting the mighty Second Law of Thermodynamics: