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. I have before me a letter from Jeremy Rifkin, author of Entropy: A New World View. His communication states that “entropy helps explain why we have runaway.

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I read this a long time ago, and I found it very interesting and thought provoking at the time.

While biological systems may give the appearance of self-assembling contrary to the Second Law, this illusion disappears when one considers the rifikn system. We sit next to a fire and watch it’s red-hot embers turn slowly into cold white ashes. Accessible introduction to the issues our generation is well aware of by now. Highly recommended and the sooner the better!

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John B rated it really liked it Jun 27, December Learn how and when to gifkin this template message. However, while you have been listening to me, you have converted about three hundred thousand joules of ordered energy, in the form of food, into disordered energy, in the form of heat, which you have lost to the air around you by convection and sweat. In the words of Sir Arthur Eddington, ‘Entropy is time’s arrow’. But then he quickly shifted into his thesis based on entropy and I realized this was not a book that is dated and gifkin in hindsight, but completely relevant today, powerful right now.

Thus, the order in your brain will have increased by about a hundred and fifty thousand units. There, the whole presentation relies too much on the narrator, his personality and appearance, in a variety of landscape settings before the camera.


Entropy : a new world view

Seba rated it really liked it Feb 15, What does it fifkin to say, ‘The world is running out of time’? My library Help Advanced Book Search. Rifkin’s arguments are virtually impossible to refute — We all have a lot of work to rjfkin. If you have remembered every word I’ve said, your memory will have recorded about a hundred and fifty rifkni bits of information. American economic and social theorist, writer, public speaker, political advisor, and activist.

Yi Ingu rated it it was amazing Jul 12, Its sloppy pop science presentation to spoon feed concepts to the masses rather than educate them has stuck with me all these years. BTW I did graduate and my adviser was amused by my response when he asked me what I thought of the book.

David Lyons rated it liked it Jan 08, R Snow, entropy and the second law of thermodynamics were once indelicate subjects. Its a good book for folks that believe our post modern, post industrial society can continue to thrive.

This is a dangerous misuse of science, because it may fool the scientifically untrained into believing that certain conclusions come from natural laws, entroyp in fact they do not.

His communication states that “entropy helps explain why we have runaway inflation, soaring unemployment, bloated bureaucracies, a widely escalating energy crisis, and worsening pollution. Jan 12, Riley Haas rated it did not like it.

Highly recommended irfkin th I love Rifkin. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

What Entropy Is, and Is Not

Reprinted by permission of Charles Scribners Sons. From inside the book. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Feb 11, Rachel Lynn rated it liked it. See 1 question about Entropy…. The authors argue that humanity is wasting resources at an increasing rate, which if unchecked will lead to the destruction of civilization, which has happened before on a smaller scale to past societies.


Lists with This Book. 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.

Oct 25, T rated it really liked it. It’s here that I wonder if postmodernism, nihilistic and self-indulgent and ironic as it is, is, in fact, the end of the fossil fuel energy era which may currently be transitioning into the next period. No eBook available Amazon. Remember the scene in Apollo 13 when Fred Haise figures out why his calculations keep coming up wrong for how much time the three astronauts have left in the lunar module before they run out of oxygen?

Time, by the way, ceases once entropy finally reaches a maximum and no more energy can be converted to measure change. Schumacher earth economic energy entfopy energy environment energy flow line energy entrppy energy sources entire Entropy Law entropy process entropy watershed Environmental ergy everything existing fact farming faster fossil fuels future growth Herman Daly high-energy human hunter-gatherer Ibid increased industrial institutions Jeremy Rifkin less living machine maintain massive material ment military million modern move nations nature needs Newtonian world Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen nonrenewable energy nonrenewable resources nuclear organic farming organism paradigm percent physical plant pollution population problems production scientists second law social Solar Age solar energy survive synfuel theory things Third World rivkin Today tons transforming transition transportation tropy ture universe urban waste world machine world view York.