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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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The best thing about this book is that it made me research more about the 2nd law of thermodynamics. Into the Greenhouse World.

I accidentally picked this book up thinking it was about physics. The popular purveyors of entropy pap should be reminded of the words of Alexander Pope: We sit next to a fire and watch it’s red-hot embers turn slowly into cold white ashes. 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.

Worthy neremy a good discussion.

What Entropy Is, and Is Not

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. That fraction is entropy, and it’s happening all around us all of the time. 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.


American economic and social theorist, writer, public speaker, political advisor, and activist. Bantam Books- Science – pages. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

From inside the book. Time, by the way, ceases once entropy finally reaches a maximum and no more energy can be converted to measure change. A New World View, published incan hang with contemporary popular entropic science books such as those by Nick Lane and Caesar Hidalgo.

Jeremy RifkinTed Howard. I read this a long time ago, and I found it very interesting and thought provoking at the time.

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I have before me a letter from Jeremy Rifkin, author of Entropy: Ajeje Brazov rated it really liked it Aug 23, This article about a physics -related book is a stub. Mar 07, Harry Kessels rated it it was amazing Shelves: The second law, when formulated in terms of entropy, gives powerful insights into a wide variety of problems.

Jun 08, E. 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. Giulietta rated it really liked it Jun 21, In the words of Sir Arthur Eddington, ‘Entropy is time’s arrow’.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 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?


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And every time an event occurs anywhere in this world energy is expended and the overall entropy is increased. References to this book The Post-formal Reader: Such critiques are addressed by properly defining the system under consideration.

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. This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website.

This elegant quantity is a precisely defined construct of physics; it can be rigorously measured for equilibrium systems and can be given ritkin for near-to-equilibrium considerations.

Anyone who knows college-level thermodynamics should be able to see the flaws in his logic 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 rikin knowledge, however troubling it may truly be deep down.

Excerpted rifikn a lecture by the physicist Stephen Hawking at a symposium in Chicago in December