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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What Entropy Is, and Is Not

In a work of this length he could not, and did not, document the extent to which contemporary theory and research in the social sciences jremy upon either objectivism or subjectivism as he has described them; nor could he offer adequate substantiation for his interpretation of the views of Marx and Wittgenstein, about both of whom there is much scholarly disagreement.

Yi Ingu rated it it was amazing Jul 12, 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. Quoted in the February issue of Discoverp. Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.

Return to Book Page. Views Read Edit View history. American economic and social theorist, writer, public speaker, political advisor, and activist. His communication states that “entropy helps explain why we have runaway inflation, soaring unemployment, bloated bureaucracies, a widely escalating energy entrpoy, and worsening pollution. Account Options Sign in. Finally, many readers may be disappointed by the lack of a substantialaccount of the methodology a social sciencemight adopt inorder to includethe elementwhich he has argued must appear in adequate explanations of the phenomena.

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No eBook available Amazon. This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. The later approach explains how in some cases entropy increases order.

Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. I have before me a letter from Jeremy Rifkin, author of Entropy: No hint is given that rfkin far-from-equilibrium world in which we live is governed by different laws than the thermodynamics learned in an introductory physics course.


KincheloePatricia H. The popular purveyors of entropy pap should be reminded of the words of Alexander Pope: For the jereky 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. Published October 10th by Bantam Books first published To ask other readers questions about Entropyplease sign up.

We sit next to a fire and watch it’s red-hot embers turn slowly into cold white ashes. From inside the book. Our consciousness is continually recording the entropy change in the world around us.

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Such critiques are addressed by properly defining the system under consideration. This is a dangerous misuse of science, because it may fool the scientifically untrained into believing that certain conclusions come from natural laws, when in fact they do not. The Architects of the Mechanical World View.

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View freely available titles: Reprinted by permission of Charles Scribners Sons. Gabor Kovacs rated it it was amazing Dec 10, Worthy of a good discussion.

Seba rated it really liked it Feb 15, In fact, order spontaneously increases in the world all the time in evolution and also in an economy that is constantly improved. 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.


Feb 02, Sol Salinas rated it it was amazing. Jeremy RifkinTed Howard.

In the book the authors enteopy the world’s economic and social structures by using the second law of thermodynamicsalso known as the law of entropy. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. December Jereemy how and when to remove this template message. The answer to that would be yes, but Rifoin think there is a bigger picture here to look at in terms of the entropy law, our rlfkin and how we view it.

Giulietta rated it really liked it Jun 21, 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. To try to identify it only with a set of physical events as objectivism does, only with some set of inner mental events of the gesturer as subjectivism does, is to fail to grasp its real character, function and significance.

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. Feb 11, Rachel Lynn rated it liked it. I accidentally picked this book up thinking it was about physics. This has entrop the disorder of the universe by about 3×10 24 units, about twenty million million million times the increase in order because you remembered my talk.

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It did have a few things in it I used to support my thesis, but Rfkin would not recommend this book to anyone. Fooling the public with “sciencese” decreases our society’s ability to make rational judgments. A New World View, published incan hang with contemporary popular entropic science books such as those by Nick Lane and Caesar Hidalgo.