Harvey S. Leff
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Harvey S. Leff
|Education||Illinois Institute of Technology (BS Physics, 1959)|
Northwestern University (MS Physics, 1960)
University of Iowa (Ph.D. Physics, 1963)
|Known for||Maxwell's Demon: Entropy, Information, Computing (1990)|
Maxwell's Demon 2: Entropy, Classical and Quantum Information, Computing (2003)
|Fields||Thermodynamics, Maxwell's demon, entropy and the second law of thermodynamics|
|Institutions||California State Polytechnic University, Pomona|
|Doctoral advisor||Max Dresden|
Harvey S. Leff (born July 24, 1937) is a United States physicist and physics teacher who is known primarily for his work on the foundations of thermodynamics, in particular, entropy and Maxwell's demon. He has published numerous research and expository articles in physics and has served the American Association of Physics Teachers in various capacities.
Leff was born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in a Jewish family. In 1958 he married Ellen Wine and they have four children.
Leff is known primarily for his research and expository articles in physics, in particular on the subjects of entropy, Maxwell's demon, and the foundations of thermodynamics, including his 1996 'energy spreading' metaphor for entropy change.
He was a postdoctoral research associate and faculty member at the Case Institute of Technology and Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and Chair of the Department of Physical Sciences at Chicago State University. He was Visiting Professor of Physics at Harvey Mudd College was as Scientist and Energy Policy Analyst at the Institute for Energy Analysis at Oak Ridge Associated Universities in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Leff was Professor of Physics at California State Polytechnic University-Pomona, where he was Department Chair and Professor. Since 2010 he has been a Visiting Scholar at Reed College.
Leff is a Fellow of the American Association of Physics Teachers and a Fellow of the American Physical Society. He served as President of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) and President of the Southern California Section of the AAPT,and he has been Associate Editor and Consulting Editor for the American Journal of Physics.
- Maxwell's Demon 2: Entropy, Classical and Quantum Information, Computing, Institute of Physics, Bristol, 2003. Co-editor: Andrew F. Rex.
- Maxwell's Demon: Entropy, Information, Computing, Princeton University Press and Adam Hilger/British Institute of Physics, 1990. Co-editor: Andrew F. Rex.
- Leff's articles
- All About Energy & Entropy