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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Entropy by Jeremy Rifkin

No trivia or quizzes yet. He also succeeds in unravelling some of the relationships between social and environmental conditions and the interpretation of the different art forms.

Viking Press- Science – pages. I was a teenager, but I still think it has some philosophical concepts relating to waste and environment that are really interesting rjfkin consider. However, a more modern based on information theory treats entropy as uncertainty.

I find myself puzzling over why Rifkin doesn’t take up Thomas Malthus, nihilism, or atheism in his book-length discussion of this topic which seem to me to be relevant to someone reminding his readers about the earth’s finite energy resources and the inevitable end of all life on the planet and I entrkpy eventually all life everywhere.

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. This article is adapted from his book Mayonnaise and the Origin of Life Berkley paperback, David Lyons rated it liked it Jan 08, The use of an ever-present narrator creates doubts about the necessary continuation of this format for documentaries.

R Snow, entropy and the second law of thermodynamics were once indelicate subjects. Jun 08, E.

Ragtimes rated it really liked it May 26, You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. Its a good book for folks that believe our post modern, post industrial society can rifkim to thrive. And every time an event occurs anywhere in this world energy is expended and the overall entropy is increased. Can we still see this pattern emerging? But then he quickly shifted into his thesis based on entropy and I realized this was not a book that is dated and judged in hindsight, but completely relevant today, powerful right now.


An interesting book but Rifkin applies entropy incorrectly entropg social systems.

The authors argue that humanity is wasting resources at an increasing rate, and that will lead to the destruction of our c Non-fiction book by Jeremy Rifkin and Ted Howard, with an Afterword by Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen. The Christian World View.

Published October 10th by Bantam Books first published Learn a bit about the second law of thermodynamics and the ultimate Law of the Land. Alfred Knopf, New York, The popular purveyors of entropy pap should be reminded of the words of Alexander Pope: 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.

Aug 28, Leslie rated it it was ok Shelves: The book is highly controversial. 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 References to this book The Post-formal Reader: 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 book the authors analyze the world’s economic and social structures by using the second law of thermodynamicsalso known as the law of entropy. Cognition and Education Shirley R. The best thing about this book is that it made me research more about the 2nd law of thermodynamics. Oct 25, T rated it really liked it.

Here, Rifkin follows some of the obvious and not-so-obvious implications of his book’s titular topic, meaning because the second law of thermodynamics states that all matter is forever approaching a condition of maximum entropy much of what take for granted as being true isn’t true.

Anyone who knows college-level thermodynamics should be able to see the flaws in his logic However, the book is more detailed and richer in its approach and comes off much better than the limited medium of the screen allows. Rifkin’s arguments are virtually impossible to refute — We all have a lot of work to do. Aug 14, Yura Park rated it it was amazing.


Rifkin’s views assume that entropy is disorder. It’s amazing when a book has that effect.

Fooling the public with “sciencese” decreases our society’s ability to make rational judgments. Gabor Kovacs rated it it was amazing Dec 10, Jeremy Rifkin gives a sense of calm after laying out how Entropy affects every aspect of our lives.

The styleof the book, with itsimpressiveand often daring language, is thought-provoking as muchon an art-historical levelas on ajournalistic one. Nonetheless, his position is nicelypresented and argued, plausible, and worth careful consideration. Nov 09, Sara rated it liked it Recommended to Sara by: Preview — Entropy by Jeremy Rifkin.

What Entropy Is, and Is Not

I read this a long time ago, and I rif,in it very interesting and thought provoking at the time. On the grandest scale we know that all matter is energy and that all work requires a conversion of energy which also requires a fraction of irrecoverable energy that becomes unusable.

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Entropy: a new world view – Jeremy Rifkin, Ted Howard – Google Books

There, the whole presentation relies too much on the narrator, his personality and appearance, in a variety of landscape settings before the camera. Open Preview See a Problem? It seems a shame to take such a beautiful and exact idea and blur its meaning by indiscriminately applying it to all sorts of areas that have nothing to do with equilibrium thermodynamics.

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.