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Professor E. Mendoza

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


effectively metal fermions occupy all energies with forbidden energies
therefore antisymmetrical waves form bloch waves on bose einstein statistics
effectively antisymmetrical waves fill the band in semiconductors
always atomic vibrations can be considered as work functions
on the contrary atomic vibrations are equivalent to normal coordinates and
often normal modes consist of work functions
and sometimes phonons transport energy with the velocity of sound
therefore electrons are propogated with the velocity of sound
but in all cases phonons interact via electron-phonon interactions
originally Lorentz explained solids using classical arguments
before 1901 Lorentz explained solids on Holtzman statistics
a long time ago Lorentz made poor assumptions mathematically
in 1895 Brioullin suggested the theory of conduction
in the 20th century Brioullin tackled the problem relativistically
in the 20th century Debye considered solids by quantization


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