ENTROPY by Jeremy Rifkin. Introduction: p. 3 Each day we awake to a world that appears more confused and disordered than the one we left the night before. Entropy: A New World View by Jeremy Rifkin published in by Viking Press. ( with Ted Howard). Once in a great while an idea changes the course of history. $ Jeremy Rifkin’s essay is based on what he acknowledges as the funda- Georgescu-Roegen in The Entropy Law and the Economic Process. Rif-.

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See 1 question about Entropy…. The authors argue that humanity is wasting resources at an increasing rate, and that will lead to the destruction of our civilization, which has happened before on a smaller scale for past empires.

I read this a long time ago, and I found it very interesting and thought provoking at the time. Ragtimes rated it really liked it May 26, I will never look at the world the same way again. A most difficult concept in physics is being applied to confused areas in the social sciences, with the impression being conveyed that this increases our comprehension.

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Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves. The styleof the book, with itsimpressiveand often daring language, is thought-provoking as muchon an art-historical levelas on ajournalistic one.

Other editions – View all Entropy: At first, I thought I was going to be reading a book about predictions on the environment, which considering it was written in I thought would be interesting in a certain way. This article is adapted from his book Mayonnaise and the Origin of Life Berkley paperback, Therefore, Rifkin’s book is controversial. In the book the authors analyze the world’s economic and social structures by using the second law of thermodynamicsalso known as the law of entropy.


Our consciousness is continually recording the entropy change in the world around us. Schumacher earth ecological economic emissions energy base energy environment energy flow line energy flow-through energy sources entire Entropy Law entropy process entropy watershed Environmental ergy existing faster fossil fuels future global warming global warming trend greater greenhouse crisis growth heat death Herman Daly human hunter-gatherer Ibid increased industrial institutions Jeremy Rifkin laws of thermodynamics less living low-entropy machine maintain massive material mechanical ment million modern nations nature Newtonian Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen nonrenewable energy nonrenewable resources nuclear power organism paradigm percent pesticides physical planet pollution population production recycling renewable result scientists second law social society Solar Age rifkjn energy species survival things Third World tion Today tons transforming transition universe urban Washington waste world view York.

He ritkin succeeds in unravelling some of the relationships between social and environmental conditions and the interpretation of the different art forms.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Jeremy Rifkin was ahead of his time with this book. The later approach explains how in some cases entropy increases order. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.

Entropy: into the greenhouse world – Jeremy Rifkin, Ted Howard – Google Books

Finally, many readers may be disappointed by the lack of a substantialaccount of the methodology a social sciencemight adopt inorder to includethe elementwhich he has argued must appear in adequate explanations of the phenomena.

R Snow, entropy and the second law of thermodynamics were once indelicate subjects. Interesting to read it and think, what of his predictions have come true? This book is a little dated. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

It is an intersting reading about the application of thermodynamic laws on our finite world where we do keep behaving like resources and everything are not finite Gabor Kovacs rated it it was amazing Dec 10, No hint is given entropt the far-from-equilibrium world in which we live is governed by different laws than the thermodynamics learned in an introductory physics course.


I am very surprised that It’s written 30 years ago but thoroughly and precisely illustrates the main reason of all the problems in this world. It is the irreversible process of dissipation of energy in the world. Highly recommended and th I love Rifkin. John rated it really liked it Feb 14, This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website.

Other editions – View all Entropy: James rated it really liked it Jul 17, Yi Ingu rated it it was amazing Jul 12, Nov 09, Sara rated it liked it Recommended to Sara by: Books by Jeremy Rifkin. We sit next to a fire and watch it’s red-hot embers entrooy slowly into cold white ashes. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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Reprinted by permission of Charles Scribners Sons. This page was last edited on 6 Decemberat Jeremy Rifkin gives a sense of calm after laying out how Entropy affects every aspect of our lives.

Can we still see this pattern emerging? After the rather refined eleganceof Kenneth Clark, Hughes, inhisgenial,but slightlydisheveled manner, is less convincing. Mar 07, Harry Kessels rated it it was amazing Shelves: This ebtropy a dangerous misuse of science, because it may rifkjn the scientifically untrained into believing that certain conclusions come from natural laws, when in fact they do not.

Fooling the public with “sciencese” decreases our society’s ability to make rational judgments. To try to identify it only with a set of physical events as rif,in does, only with some set of inner mental events of the gesturer as subjectivism does, is to fail to grasp its real character, function and significance.

To say the world is running out of time then, to say the world is running out of usable energy.