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February 8, 2009

Waiting… watching…

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Identify this gedankenexperiment…

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…and tell us what other famous term owes its origins to this experiment.

Part cracks: Kal, Ps, p vs np, udupendra, Vijay Shankar, Raghuvansh, Mo, Neeraj and Abhishek

Full cracks: sne, Dibyo, shrik, nisha’s thambi, username, duriel, priyananda

Har har I made a joke!

Answer:  

Maxwell’s demon.  The computing term “daemon” originated from this. Check out username’s answer for the gyaans.


22 Responses to “Waiting… watching…”

  1. karthik

    osmosis?


  2. Kal
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    Maxwell’s Demon experiment.

    The famous term TANSTAAFL, an acronym for the adage “There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch” owes its origins to this.


  3. Ps

    1. Maxwell\’s Deamon and the challenge to the second law of thermodynamics

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maxwell%27s_demon

    2. Entropy and perpetual motion machines


  4. p vs np
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    Maxwell’s demon.


  5. sne

    Maxwell’s demon experiment, to see if the second law of thermodynamics can be violated.
    The term being ‘demon’, perhaps?


  6. Dibyo
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    Maxwell’s Demon.

    Did the term ‘daemon’ come from this?


  7. shrik
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    Maxwell’s demon is the thought experiment.. term from this, though? Not too sure.. TANSTAAFL perhaps??


  8. udupendra
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    Maxwell’s Demon, of course.


  9. nisha's thambi
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    Maxwell’s Demon, and Daemon


  10. Vijay Shankar

    Maxwell’s Demon.


  11. username
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    Maxwell’s demon

    the term coined is daemon
    a daemon is a computer program that runs in the background, rather than under the direct control of a user

    The term was coined by the programmers of MIT’s Project MAC. They took the name from Maxwell’s demon, an imaginary being from a famous thought experiment that constantly works in the background, sorting molecules.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daemon_(computer_software)


  12. Raghuvansh
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    Maxwell’s Demon


  13. duriel
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    Maxwell\’s Demon.

    Daemon (processes)


  14. Abhishek
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    I’m not sure but is the process of diffusion being shown here. And the famous thing linked to this is ‘Brownian Motion’


  15. charlesdarwin

    Boltzmans Constant


  16. Mo

    Maxwell’s Demon and the Feynman’s Ratchet?


  17. priyananda

    Maxwell’s Demon.

    Daemon processes.


  18. Neeraj

    Maxwell\’s demon


  19. Aparna
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    Gibbs gedankenexperiment and gibbs free energy?


  20. Neeraj

    and the term is ‘entropy’??


  21. Abhishek
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    Maxwell’s Demon


  22. Vinay Nair

    Maxwell’s Thought Experiment…..so Maxwell’s Demon…the word is Daemon


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