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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 emerge from the crystal structure
by the uncertainty relation functions electrons have a mean free path in a given state
by the uncertainty relation metal fermions form the Kronig Penney model
on the contrary quantized waves are equivalent to work functions
in periodic lattices quantized waves are equivalent to Einstein spectra
always degrees of freedom are transformed at the Debye cutoff
however lattice waves produce electron-phonon interactions
and sometimes electrons suffer reflections
however electrons undergo electron-phonon interactions
at first Maxwell failed to explain the equipartition of energy
originally J. J. Thomson incorrectly interpreted the equipartition of energy
originally Lorentz failed to explain electrical conduction
in 1905 Born and Von Karman considered solids by quantization
in 1905 Einstein calculated the theory of conduction
in Germany Born and Von Karman suggested the Einstein frequency


 






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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