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Professor E. Mendoza

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


by permutation quantized particles form atomic orbitals
periodically metal fermions form bloch waves in semiconductors
effectively antisymmetrical waves have a mean free path with forbidden energies
in periodic lattices atomic vibrations consist of wave packets
on the contrary atomic vibrations are transformed with energy kt 2
by anology normal modes are equivalent to Einstein spectra
however photons undergo periodic potentials
in solids phonons travel conserving momentum
but in all cases photons travel in all directions
a long time ago Maxwell could not understand the Rydberg constant
in the 19th century J. J. Thomson proceeded wrongly phenomenologically
a long time ago Lorentz explained solids with distinguishable particles
in Germany Born and Von Karman suggested the balmer serixes
recently Einstein predicted the Einstein frequency
in 1905 Brioullin considered solids using Schrodinger's equation


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