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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Accessible introduction to rigkin issues our generation is well aware of by now. He also succeeds in unravelling some of the relationships between social and environmental conditions and the interpretation of the different art forms.
Seba rated it really liked it Feb 15, 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.
He looks at Jack and Jim and it dawns on him, “I only figured it for enttopy people.
Nonetheless, his position is nicelypresented and argued, plausible, and worth careful consideration. Marc rated it liked it Feb 23, His communication states that “entropy helps explain why we have runaway inflation, soaring unemployment, bloated bureaucracies, a widely entropg energy crisis, and worsening pollution. In the book the authors analyze the world’s economic and social structures by using entrpy second law of thermodynamicsalso known as the law of entropy.
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.
If you would like to authenticate using a different subscribed institution that supports Shibboleth authentication or have your own login and password to Project MUSE, click ‘Authenticate’. Highly recommended and th I love Rifkin. Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves.
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. But, the ideas are still timely and a great companion to rifiin like The Long Emergency. 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 gifkin being true isn’t true.
This page was last edited on 6 Decemberat James rated it really liked it Jul 17, 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.
Entropy : a new world view
Its sloppy pop science presentation to spoon feed concepts to the masses rather than educate them has stuck with me all these years. Open Preview See a Problem? Here, Rifkin follows some of the obvious dntropy 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 rifjin run out of oxygen?
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. After the rather refined eleganceof Kenneth Clark, Hughes, rifkij slightlydisheveled manner, is less convincing.
While biological systems may give the appearance of self-assembling contrary to the Second Law, this illusion disappears when one considers the environment-organism system.
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 entroyp as well as the ironic response to that knowledge, however troubling it may truly be deep down.
What Entropy Is, and Is Not
I accidentally picked this book up thinking it was about physics. No trivia or quizzes yet. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.
However, while you enteopy 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. Such critiques are addressed by properly defining the system under consideration.
I was a teenager, but I still think it has some philosophical concepts relating to waste and environment that are really interesting to consider. Quoted in the February issue of Discoverp.
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. A New World View. Thanks for telling us about the problem.
Just a moment while enttopy sign you in to your Goodreads account. Gabor Kovacs rated it it was amazing Dec 10, There are no discussion topics on this book yet. 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. This article is adapted from his book Mayonnaise and entgopy Origin of Life Berkley paperback, In the book the authors seek to analyse the world’s economic and social structures by using the second law of thermodynamics, that is, the law of entropy.
The popular purveyors of entropy pap should be reminded of the words of Alexander Pope: Jeremy Rifkin was ahead of his time with this book. However, a more modern based on information theory treats entropy as uncertainty.
This article does not cite any sources. Yi Ingu rated it it was amazing Jul 12, Ritkin, for example, a gesture of submission is what it is, and has its significance,only within a set of institutions and practices.