Journal of Statistical Physics

, Volume 93, Issue 3, pp 615–632

Feynman's Ratchet and Pawl

  • Marcelo O. Magnasco
  • Gustavo Stolovitzky

DOI: 10.1023/B:JOSS.0000033245.43421.14

Cite this article as:
Magnasco, M.O. & Stolovitzky, G. Journal of Statistical Physics (1998) 93: 615. doi:10.1023/B:JOSS.0000033245.43421.14


While many papers in the last few years have dealt with various equations euphemistically called “ratchets,” the original Feyman two-temperature setup has been left largely unchallenged. We present here a look at the details of how this famous engine actually generates motion from a temperature difference.

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Marcelo O. Magnasco
    • 1
  • Gustavo Stolovitzky
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for studies in Physics and BiologyThe Rockefeller UniversityNew York
  2. 2.IBM Thomas J. Watson Research CenterYorktown Heights

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