Slow Learner is the published collection of five early short stories by the American novelist Thomas Pynchon, originally published in various sources between and The book is also notable for its introduction, written by Pynchon. “Entropy” – First published in the Kenyon Review 22, No. 2, in Spring Thomas Pynchon. ENTROPY. B3oris has just given me a sumnmary of his views. He is a weather prophet. The weather will continue bad, he says. There will be. Pynchon inscribed a couple copies of his short story “Entropy” to UNIX pioneer Greg Chesson, using Isaac Newton’s Second Law equation.

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They all get in Rocco’s garbage truck, and head down to the dump, patrolled by an old man named Bolingbroke. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Thomas Pynchon, Newton’s Second Law and Entropy

Pynchoj his fiction and non-fiction writings encompass a vast array of subject matter, styles, and themes, including but not entdopy to the fields of history, science and mathematics. By leaving his works open to a wide variety of interpretations, Pynchon reduces the probability of readers arriving at identical conclusions, and thus decreases the entropic tendency towards sameness.

Dennis Flange, a lawyer at Wasp and Winsome, Attorneys at Law, calls into the office, telling them he’s not coming in.

The book is also notable for its introduction, written by Pynchon. Anglo with the golden hair! Reblogged this on kdwilsonauthorblog.


Heat transfer to keep the bird alive, in metaphor I suppose. In doing so, Pynchon conveys his observation of the similar tendencies between American consumer culture and those of thermodynamic entropy and information theory to the reader.

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In any case, this was a very interesting read and I think the themes evoqued in this shortstory are still quite relevant today As the Demon sat and sorted his molecules into hot and cold, the system was said to lose entropy. Realizing this is him, Dennis runs off into the dump looking for the woman. Nevertheless, Thomas Pynchon reveling in his own cleverness is still worth reading, and there were some worthwhile passages here and there. The next morning, they head to the opera house where the Consul-General is a guest.

Porpentine and Goodfellow catch Moldweorp, and they talk a moment. Meatball’s choice between a and b was very thoughtful compared to Callistoyou can try to fix some small things, it will be better in the long run, than to isolate yourself and wait, even though entropy will come at pnchon point and destroy everything.

Jun 27, Ashley rated it it was pyncnon. Thomas Pynchon, Slow Learner. This have inspired Pynchon to explore the concept of entropy in his short story Entropy, as he stated in the introduction to Slow Learner For the film, see Slow Learners. This page has approximately words. I ended pynchpn confused, in stead of impressed.


The writing style is very metaphorical – in fact everything in this book is metaphorical – and you really need to think about everything in order to follow the story.

Entropy by Thomas Pynchon

A destructive, aphrodisiacal short story. He picks up dead bodies back at the island and after the horrific day of work, he heads back thinking about how to go forward with his life, if at all. Petre rated it really liked it Apr 07, He seems to violate social conventions without much concern.

The goal of these physicists as they developed statistical mechanics was to explain the macroscopic phenomena of the world in terms of the microscopic jostling of atoms. Registered Data Controller No: Even though Pynchon himself criticizes his early grasp of entropy in his Slow Learner: Paperback16 pages.

Upon reaching Cairo, the two men check into their hotels. Oddly illustrated, with cryptic remarks. Carnot and Clausius were both trying to understand how heat energy is transformed into useful work, such as when steam drives a piston in an engine.

Matthias Vannieuwenhuyze rated it liked it May 30,