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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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. For the first time Entropy has been completely revised and updated to include a new subtitle which reflects the expanded focus on the greenhouse effect–the largest crisis ever to face mankind.

References to this book Reclaiming Paradise: After the rather refined eleganceof Kenneth Clark, Hughes, inhisgenial,but slightlydisheveled manner, is less convincing.

Contents Into the Greenhouse World. He looks at Jack and Jim and it dawns on him, “I only figured it for two people.

Common terms and phrases agricultural American automobile available energy become century coal complex consume consumption continue costs created culture depletion Descartes disorder dissipative structures E. To ask other readers questions about Entropyplease sign up.


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However, the book is more detailed and richer in its approach and comes off much better than the limited medium of the screen allows. That fraction is entropy, and it’s happening all around us all of the time. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. Our consciousness is continually recording the entropy change in the world around us. Aug 14, Yura Park rated it it was amazing.

Jan 05, Terri rated it it was amazing. In each of the looselyorganized chapters,the author triestogo into the depth of different problems, and thesometimesartificial grouping is held together through the courageous, if also sometimes one-sided, appreciation of the different phenomena.

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.

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 rifkkn Ted Howard, with an Afterword by Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen.

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Nov 09, Sara rated it enttopy it Recommended to Sara by: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. 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.

Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. There are no discussion topics on this book rickin. So the earth and life on it is doomed to eventually run out of energy to sustain itself and all of our efforts to make the energy we have work more efficiently, counterintuitively, hastens the end.


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

Learn a bit about the second law of thermodynamics and the ultimate Law of the Land. Offers a hard-hitting analysis of world turmoil and its ceaseless predicaments, according to the thermodynamic law of entropy–all energy flows from order to disorder, from the usable to the unusable.

Jun 08, E. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Giulietta rated it really liked it Jun 21, He also succeeds in unravelling some of the relationships between social and environmental conditions and the interpretation of the different art forms. Jeremy RifkinTed Howard. Highly recommended and the sooner the better! The book promotes the use of sustainable energy sources and slow resource consumption as the solution to delay the inevitable: This elegant quantity is a precisely defined construct of physics; it can be rigorously measured for equilibrium systems and can be given meaning for near-to-equilibrium considerations.

Mar 28, Ross rated it liked it. In fact, order spontaneously increases in the world all the time in evolution and also in an economy that is constantly improved.