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Notes on the history of reversible computation

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1 Author(s)
Bennett, Charles H. ; IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, P.O. Box 218, Yorktown Heights, New York 10598, USA

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.

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IBM Journal of Research and Development  (Volume:32 ,  Issue: 1 )

Date of Publication:

Jan. 1988

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