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HIGH-ENTROPY ESSAYS


by

Professor E. Mendoza




"Did computer generated 'high-entropy essays' have a life after 1968?"
Brent MacGregor, 2002.




         
 ESSAY:




in crystals functions electrons fill the band in the alkali metals
by the uncertainty relation quantized particles fill the band in insulators
by permutation quantized particles emerge from the binding energy
however degrees of freedom are transported with energy hv
by anology quantized waves are transported at zone boundaries
however normal modes transform into brioullin spectra
and usually photons undergo perturbations
in solids photons interact via electron-phonon interactions
and sometimes lattice waves are reflected isotropically
in the 19th century Maxwell proceeded wrongly phenomenologically
originally Lorentz could not understand the Rydberg constant
in 1869 Lorentz failed to explain the equipartition of energy
recently Born and Von Karman predicted the balmer serixes
in 1905 Einstein considered solids with this in mind
before the war Einstein suggested the Debye spectrum


 






High-Entropy Essays were part of Cybernetic Serendipity at the ICA, London, 1968 along with
COMPUTERIZED HAIKU. They are frankly bogus physics essays.


Hardly anyone remembers High-Entropy Essays now. This is a sad thing. They are the forerunner of  all the computer
texts that have tried to pass as human-authored.  However, Mendoza's subterfuge was quickly discovered. This happened about 1962.
                                               
Professor Mendoza tells the story:

"You might also be interested to know the origin of this work. Professor Flowers (no less)  had a theory
that students never actually learned any real ideas; all they learned was a vocabulary  of okay words which  they strung
together in arbitrary order,  relying on the fact that an examiner pressed for time would not actually read what they had written
but would scan down the pages looking  for those words...The end point was when a colleague from another university secretly
sent me some first year examination papers a week or so before the exam, and I wrote suitable vocabularies (without cheating)
and copied down what the computer emitted... the script was slipped in among the genuine ones.  Unfortunately it was marked
by a very conscientious man who eventually stormed into the Director's office shouting "Who the hell is this man, why did we ever
admit him? So perhaps Professor Flowers' hypothesis was incorrect."


The original program is lost. Mendoza published some of the High-Entropy Essays. He also published a flow chart of the program.
This is what I used when I came to program my version. However, these two (mine and his) groups of essays differ slightly.
When I have time I'll try to reverse-engineer Mendoza's essays to work back to how he made them.


Wayne Clements
 
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