Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0016879, Wed, 6 Aug 2008 16:57:32 +0000

Re: THOUGHTS: Time and Relativity]
May our esteemed Editors permit me casual remark that VN's works refuse to decrease their entropy, in as much the critics try, and break away from any imposed notion of closed system. He certainly does not belong to "popular" literature.

- George Shimanovich

>Usually in "popular science"
articles and books "closed" is understood as closed in space,
and this in fact is a dangerous shift of notions (dangerous
for any proof). ... Observable effect may be decreasing enthropy.
>Possible objection is that if we would be able to calculate
>the "full enthropy" it will increase. But we don't know how
>many structural levels there are, and to an infinite system
>the calculus doesn't apply.

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