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Volume 32, Number 1, Page 16 (1988)
Basic Concepts in Quantum and Stochastic T...
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Notes on the history of reversible computation

by C. H. Bennett
We review the history of the thermodynamics of information processing, beginning with the paradox of Maxwell's demon; continuing through the efforts of Szilard, Brillouin, and others to demonstrate a thermodynamic cost of information acquisition; the discovery by Landauer of the thermodynamic cost of information destruction; the development of the theory of and classical models for reversible computation; and ending with a brief survey of recent work on quantum reversible computation.
Related Subjects: Communication theory