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Pynchon’s Creative Misuse of Entropy

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      The article argues that David Letzler’s critique of Thomas Pynchon’s “Entropy,” while accurate in some respects, is misguided in its attempt to close down interpretations of the short story that focus on its use of entropy, both in the field of Information Theory and Thermodynamics. While acknowledging that Pynchon got things wrong, the article asks critics to explore how Pynchon tries to manipulate his lack of knowledge by situating what he thought he knew in contexts not normally associated with Thermodynamics or Information Theory.

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            Independent Scholar, US
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            Journal
            2398-6786
            Orbit: A Journal of American Literature
            Open Library of Humanities
            2398-6786
            16 June 2017
            : 5
            : 2
            10.16995/orbit.220
            Copyright: © 2017 The Author(s)

            This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC-BY 4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. See http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.

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            Literary studies, History

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