“[H]e found in entropy or the measure of disorganization for a closed system an adequate metaphor to apply to certain phenomena in his own world. [..] and in American `consumerism’ [he] saw a similar tendency from the least to the most probable, from differentiation to sameness, from ordered individuality to a kind of chaos. He found himself, in short, restating Gibb’s prediction in social terms, and envisioned a heat death for his culture in which ideas, like heat energy, would no longer be transferred, since each point in it would ultimately have the same quantity of energy; and intellectual motion would, accordingly, cease.” (“Entropy,” by Thomas Pynchon)
In thermodynamics, entropy is a measure of the number of specific ways in which a thermodynamic system may be arranged, often taken to be a measure of disorder, or a measure of progressing towards thermodynamic equilibrium. The entropy of an isolated system never decreases, because isolated systems spontaneously evolve towards thermodynamic equilibrium, which is the state of maximum entropy. (Wikipedia)
A new website featuring literary and related non-literary content. A website that loves and builds off models such as HTMLGIANT, Kotaku, The Lit Pub, Gawker, & The Rumpus. A website that seeks to engage with the literary community, that becomes its own community, and creates a space for literary and non-literary ideas. A website that seeks to cover topics such as video games, graphic novels, interactive literature, science fiction, fantasy, music, film, art, and other topics in addition to literary reviews, interviews, conversations, and articles on experimental literature, translation, small press practices, and performance. The views and opinions of Entropy’s writers are not necessarily the views of the website as a whole. But we appreciate diverse beliefs and want to encourage open discussion through a variety of opinions.