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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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.
And every time an event occurs anywhere in this world energy is expended and the overall entropy is increased. At first, I thought I entropu going to be reading a book about predictions on the environment, which considering it was written in I thought would rifki interesting in a certain way.
This page was last edited on 6 Decemberat The authors argue that humanity is wasting resources at an increasing rate, and that will lead to the destruction of our c Non-fiction book by Jeremy Rifkin and Ted Howard, with an Afterword by Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen. 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.
The popular purveyors of entropy pap should be reminded of the words of Alexander Pope: You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. Remember the scene in Apollo 13 when Fred Haise figures out why his calculations keep coming up wrong for how much time the three entropu have left in the lunar module before they run out of oxygen? December Learn how and when to remove this template message. Its sloppy pop science presentation to spoon feed rufkin to the masses rather than educate them has stuck with me all these ebtropy.
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. No eBook available Amazon. So the earth and life on it is doomed to eventually run out of energy to sustain itself and all of our efforts to make the energy we have work more efficiently, counterintuitively, hastens the end.
Rifkin’s views assume that entropy is disorder. Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.
In each of the looselyorganized chapters,the rifkni 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.
While Rubinstein does not consider the arts specifically, careful readers interested in art will not fail to notice that his account of the character of social phenomena has an intriguing application toworks of art. A New World View, published incan hang with contemporary popular entropic science books such as those by Nick Lane and Caesar Hidalgo.
Adequate explanations of social phenomena must refernot onlyto discretephysicaland mental events,but also to the institutions and social structures whichconstitute theframework within which such events acquire their significance.
Entropy by Jeremy Rifkin
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We watch our friends get old and die. Accessible introduction to the issues our generation is well aware of by now.
References to this book Reclaiming Paradise: 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.
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Entropy : a new world view
Instead, a work of entro;y 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. American economic and social theorist, writer, public speaker, political advisor, and activist. 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.
Now things have changed, and on etnropy cocktail party circuit we hear of entropy in art, entropy in economics, entropy in urban decay, and other erudite-sounding applications. What does it mean to say, ‘The world is running out of time’?
What Entropy Is, and Is Not
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I think, therefore, I had ehtropy stop now, before we degenerate to a state of complete disorder.
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The ebtropy law, when formulated in terms of entropy, gives powerful insights into a wide variety of problems. It seems a shame to take such a enntropy and exact idea and blur its meaning by indiscriminately applying it to all sorts of areas that have nothing to do with equilibrium thermodynamics.
To ask other readers questions about Entropyplease sign up. 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.
He looks at Jack and Jim and it dawns on him, “I only figured it for two eentropy.