Harvey S. Leff
Harvey S. Leff
Harvey S. Leff is a United States physicist and physics teacher who is known primarily for his research and expository articles in physics, focusing on energy, entropy, Maxwell's demon, and the foundations of thermodynamics. He introduced the 'energy spreading' metaphor for entropy change.
Leff was a faculty member at the Case Institute of Technology and Case Western Reserve University, Chicago State University, Harvey Mudd College and was a Scientist and Energy Policy Analyst at the Institute for Energy Analysis at Oak Ridge Associated Universities. For most of his career, he was Professor at California State Polytechnic University-Pomona. In 2010, he became 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 has been an Associate Editor and Consulting Editor for the American Journal of Physics, and was President of the American Association of Physics Teachers.
- "Thermodynamic entropy: The spreading and sharing of energy," American Journal of Physics 64, 1261-1271 (1996).
- "Entropy, Its Language, and Interpretation," Foundations in Physics, 37, 1744-1766 (2007).
- Energy and Entropy: A Dynamic Duo, CRC Press, Aug 2020
- Maxwell's Demon 2: Entropy, Classical and Quantum Information, Computing, Institute of Physics, Bristol, 2003. Co-editor: A. F. Rex
- Maxwell's Demon: Entropy, Information, Computing, Princeton University Press and Adam Hilger/British Institute of Physics, 1990. Co-editor: A. F. Rex.
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