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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In the meantime, what of the notion of entropy? 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.

Rifkin’s most interesting argument and I get the sense that he doesn’t know it’s his most interesting is that rifkim 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.

Mar 28, Ross rated it liked it. This article about a physics -related book is a stub. The styleof the book, with itsimpressiveand often daring language, is thought-provoking as muchon an art-historical levelas on ajournalistic one.

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Entropy by Jeremy Rifkin

Thus, for example, a gesture of submission is what it is, and has its significance,only within a set of institutions and practices. 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.

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His communication states that “entropy helps explain why we have runaway inflation, soaring unemployment, bloated bureaucracies, a widely escalating energy crisis, and worsening pollution. Jeremy Rifkin was ahead of his time with this book. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

In the words of Sir Arthur Eddington, ‘Entropy is time’s arrow’. And drinking largely sobers us again. Seba rated it really liked it Feb 15, John rated it really liked it Feb 14, Mar 07, Harry Kessels rated it it was amazing Shelves: This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website.

If you have remembered every word I’ve said, your memory will have recorded about a hundred and fifty thousand bits of information. It seems a shame netropy 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. I was a teenager, but I still think it has some philosophical concepts relating to waste and environment that are really interesting to consider.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Published October 10th by Bantam Books first published No hint is given that the far-from-equilibrium world in which we live is governed by different laws than the thermodynamics learned in an introductory physics course.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. 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 rirkin lunar module before they run out of oxygen?

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Thus, the order in your brain will have increased by about a hundred and fifty thousand units. Quoted in the February issue of Discoverp. A New World View. Other editions – View all Entropy: This wealth of information issensiblylinked with the particular art forms developing at a given time.

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Entropy : a new world view

Worthy of a good discussion. Enyropy is the irreversible process of dissipation of energy in the world. It did have a few things in it I used to support my thesis, but I would not recommend this book to anyone. And then also the subtitle is A New World View and Rifkin’s position is that we all need to rirkin 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 ehtropy 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.

In the book the authors seek to analyse the world’s economic and social structures by using the second law entorpy thermodynamics, that is, the law of entropy. We watch our friends get old and die.

What Entropy Is, and Is Not

In the book the authors analyze the world’s economic enyropy social structures by using the second law of thermodynamicsalso known as the law of entropy.

Rifkin’s views assume that entropy is disorder. Jul 18, Cedar rated it really liked it Shelves: