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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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Entropy by Jeremy Rifkin. Entropy by Jeremy Rifkin. In the book the authors seek to analyse the world’s economic and social structures by using jrremy second law of thermodynamics, that is, the law of entropy. The authors argue that humanity jerremy 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 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. The book promotes the use of sustainable energy sources entroppy slow resource consumption as the solution to delay the inevitable: The rlfkin is highly controversial. Mass Market Paperbackpages.
Published October 10th by Bantam Books first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Entropyplease sign up. Where can I get this book in india? See 1 question about Entropy…. Lists with This Book. Nov 09, Sara rated it liked it Recommended to Sara by: 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 I will never look at the world the same way again.
It’s amazing when a book has that effect. 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.
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. Highly recommended and th I love Rifkin. Highly recommended and the sooner the better! Mar 28, Ross rated it liked it. I accidentally picked this book up thinking it was about physics.
Aug 28, Leslie rated it it was ok Shelves: An interesting book but Rifkin applies entropy incorrectly to social systems. Anyone who knows college-level thermodynamics should be able to see the flaws in his logic Jun 08, E. Koch rated rifoin liked it Recommended to E. Remember the scene in Apollo 13 when Jerey 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?
He looks at Jack and Jim and it dawns on him, “I only figured it for two people. 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 th 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?
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.
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. That fraction is entropy, and it’s happening all around us all of the time. Time, by the way, ceases once entropy finally reaches a maximum and no more energy can be converted to measure change. So the earth and life on it is doomed to eventually run out of energy to sustain itself and all of our efforts to rifkni the energy we have work more efficiently, counterintuitively, hastens the end.
What Entropy Is, and Is Not
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 guess eventually all life everywhere.
And then also the subtitle is A New World View and Rifkin’s position is that we all need to start living as ascetically as possible because the human population will decrease dramatically – catastrophically or otherwise – once nonrenewable energy is depleted and we transition to what he calls the Solar Age which might otherwise be known as the Thunderdome Age given how well competing groups of people have historically gotten alongbut this world view isn’t explicated in great enough length to sound like a viable new model of human society, so while I recognize the same problem he does I can’t see the solution he proscribes.
Ultimately, Rifkin’s weird little book might best be used as a reflection for how culture has transitioned from the modern to the postmodern, how postmodernism is conditioned by the nagging knowledge of the meaninglessness of all human action as well as the ironic response to that knowledge, however troubling it may truly be deep down.
Rifkin’s most interesting argument and I get the sense that he doesn’t know it’s his most interesting is that all cultural paradigms are conditioned and defined by the energy source used during that period’s history manual labor to wood to fossil fuels to possibly solar and that transitions between these sources are messy but always produce a new model for how the world works.
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. Aug 12, Karen Hannum rated it did not like it Shelves: I Used this in my Senior thesis in undergrad at the suggestion of my adviser. Its sloppy pop science presentation to spoon feed concepts to the masses rather than educate them has stuck with me all these years.
It did have a few things in it I used to support my thesis, but I would not recommend this book to anyone. BTW I did graduate and my adviser was amused by my response when he asked me what I thought of the book. Jan 05, Terri rated it it was amazing. Jeremy Rifkin was ahead of his time with this book. A New World View, published incan hang with contemporary popular entropic science books such as those by Nick Lane and Caesar Hidalgo.
Feb 07, Ensar Uzumcu rated it really liked it Shelves: Feb 11, Rachel Lynn rated it liked it. It’s an interesting book, especially to read it now in since it was written in Interesting to read it and think, what of his predictions have come true?
Can we still rufkin this pattern emerging? The answer to that would be yes, but I think there is a bigger picture here to look at in terms of the entropy law, our society and how we view it. Worthy of a good discussion.
Oct 25, T rated it really liked it. This book is a little dated. But, the ideas are still timely and a great companion to books like The Long Emergency. Its a good book for folks that believe our post modern, post industrial society can continue to thrive.
I read this a long time ago, enttropy I found it very interesting and thought provoking at the time.
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I was a teenager, but I still think it has some philosophical concepts relating to waste and environment that are really interesting to consider. Jul 18, Cedar rated it really liked it Shelves: Learn a bit about the second law of thermodynamics and difkin ultimate Law of the Land. Mar 07, Harry Kessels rated it it was amazing Shelves: Aug 14, Yura Park rated it it was amazing. 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.
Accessible introduction to the issues our generation is well aware of by now.
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Jeremy Rifkin gives a sense of calm after laying out how Entropy affects every aspect of our lives. Jan 12, Riley Haas rated it did not like it. The best thing about this book is that it made me research more about the 2nd law of thermodynamics. Feb 02, Sol Salinas rated it it was amazing.
Rifkin’s arguments are virtually impossible to refute — We all have a lot of work to do. Ragtimes rated it really liked it May 26, Yi Ingu rated it it was amazing Jul 12, Ajeje Brazov rated it really liked it Aug 23, Steve Connacher rated it it was amazing Dec 07, Gabor Kovacs rated it it was amazing Dec 10, Seba rated it really liked it Feb 15, John B rated it really liked it Jun 27, John rated it really liked it Feb 14, Marc rated it liked it Feb 23, David Lyons rated it liked it Jan 08, James rated it really liked it Jul 17, Giulietta rated it really liked it Jun 21, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
American economic and social theorist, writer, public speaker, political advisor, and activist. Books by Jeremy Rifkin.
No trivia or quizzes yet. Our consciousness is continually recording the entropy change in the world around us. We watch our friends get old and die.