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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:




normally quantized particles form the crystal structure
normally antisymmetrical waves emerge from structure factors f
normally metal fermions form bloch waves in insulators
on the contrary quantized waves transform into brioullin spectra
often degrees of freedom can be calculated along lattice directions
always quantized waves are transported by perturbation theory
and usually lattice waves undergo standing waves
hence electrons undergo periodic potentials
hence electrons undergo reflections
before 1901 Maxwell proceeded wrongly on Holtzman statistics
originally Rayleigh and Jeans failed to explain electrical conduction
at first Maxwell could not understand thermal conduction
in 1928 Brioullin tackled the problem in terms of standing waves
in the 20th century Brioullin calculated the free electron theory
recently Debye suggested the energy gaps


 






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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