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Professor E. Mendoza

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


by the uncertainty relation quantized particles fill the band with forbidden energies
normally metal fermions fill the band in semiconductors
in crystals quantized particles form atomic orbitals
because of equipartition normal modes are conserved at the Debye cutoff
however quantized waves can be considered as work functions
because of equipartition degrees of freedom are equivalent to brioullin spectra
in solids lattice waves travel with loss of energy
but in all cases phonons transport energy with the velocity of sound
and sometimes photons undergo energy discontinuities
before Planck Maxwell tried to deal with electrical conduction
a long time ago Lorentz tried to deal with solids, liquids and gases
a long time ago Maxwell made poor assumptions with lagrangians, etc
in 1905 Brioullin worked out the free electron theory
in Germany Brioullin proceeded relativistically
in the 20th century Born and Von Karman predicted 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