Gravitational Entropy in Gravity's Rainbow

Author: T. S. Tillotson (Lake Hills, Wisconsin)

  • Gravitational Entropy in Gravity's Rainbow


    Gravitational Entropy in Gravity's Rainbow



Numerous writers have set out to explicate the concept of entropy as it figures in the fiction of Thomas Pynchon, referring to thermodynamics and information theory. But these are by no means the only fields where entropy is presented in modern science with definitive mathematical rigor. The critics appear never to have heard of gravitational entropy. Expounded in 1971 by S. W. Hawking, the Second Law of Black Hole Dynamics extends the power, simplicity, and solidly grounded truth of universal entropy to the realm of modern gravitational theory, an area of great scientific importance and widespread philosophical significance. [A technical overview of this subject including specific references to gravitational entropy can be found in Misner, Thorne, and Wheeler, Gravitation (San Francisco: W. H. Freeman, 1973).]

How to Cite:

Tillotson, T. S., (1980) “Gravitational Entropy in Gravity's Rainbow”, Pynchon Notes 4, p.23-24. doi:



Published on
01 Oct 1980