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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From inside the book. Instead, a work of art must be apprehended as a complex of events, objects and experienceswhich gain their significanceagainst the rich background of institutions and practices in which it appears. Want to Read savingā€¦.

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We sit next to a fire and watch it’s red-hot embers turn slowly into cold white ashes. Jul 18, Cedar rated it really liked it Shelves: What Is Tech Rifkon Accessible introduction to the issues our generation is well aware of by now. Aug 12, Karen Hannum rated it did not like it Shelves: Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.

What Entropy Is, and Is Not

In the words of Sir Arthur Eddington, ‘Entropy is time’s arrow’. Worthy of a good discussion.

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.


Cognition and Education Shirley R. Giulietta rated it really liked it Jun 21, 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. In fact, order spontaneously increases in the world all the time in evolution and also in an economy that is constantly improved.

I have before me a letter from Jeremy Rifkin, author of Entropy: Steve Connacher rated it it was amazing Dec 07, It seems a shame to take such a beautiful and exact idea and blur its meaning emtropy indiscriminately applying it to all sorts of areas that have nothing to do with equilibrium thermodynamics. Therefore, Rifkin’s book is controversial. 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.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Jeremy Rifkin entfopy a sense of calm after laying out how Entropy affects every aspect of our lives. A New World View. Lists with This Book.

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Feb 02, Sol Salinas rated it it was amazing. Nov 09, Sara rated it liked it Recommended to Sara by: It’s amazing when a book has that effect.


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. 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.

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.

This book is a little dated. The revised edition was titled: Account Options Sign in. My library Help Advanced Book Search. 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.