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Non-fiction book by Jeremy Rifkin and Ted Howard, with an Afterword by Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen.

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 authors argue that humanity is wasting resources at an increasing rate, and that will lead to the destruction of our c
Mass Market Paperback, 302 pages
Published October 10th 1981 by Bantam Books (first published 1980)
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Nov 15, 2009 Sara rated it liked it
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"Entropy" is a dated book (it was written 20 years ago) it talks about Montreal protocol instead of the Kyoto protocol... however the questions in this book are still actual. It is an intersting reading about the application of thermodynamic laws on our finite world where we do keep behaving like resources and everything are not finite...
Apr 27, 2015 Richard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Rifkin. I will never look at the world the same way again. It's amazing when a book has that effect. At first, I thought I was going to be reading a book about predictions on the environment, which considering it was written in 1989 I thought would be interesting in a certain way. 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. Highly recommended and ...more
Aug 28, 2012 Leslie rated it it was ok
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An interesting book but Rifkin applies entropy incorrectly to social systems. Anyone who knows college-level thermodynamics should be able to see the flaws in his logic....
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Feb 07, 2014 Ensar Uzumcu rated it really liked it
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Türkçe Çeviri 93 yılı birinci basımını buldum.. Eski fakat çok hoş bir kitap.


alanarındaki Entropi ilişkisini çok güzel işliyor ve bazı çözümler öneriyor. Akıllı bir yaşam perspektifi sunarak Dünya'ya ve onun bir parçası olan kendimize bakışımızı tekrardan sorgulamayı mecbur kılıyor.
Rachel Krukowski
Feb 11, 2008 Rachel Krukowski rated it liked it
It's an interesting book, especially to read it now in 2008 since it was written in 1981. Interesting to read it and think, what of his predictions have come true? Can we still see this pattern emerging? The answer to that would be yes, but I think there is a bigger picture here to look at in terms of the entropy law, our society and how we view it. Worthy of a good discussion.
Oct 25, 2009 T rated it really liked it
This book is a little dated. But, the ideas are still timely and a great companion to books like The Long Emergency. Its a good book for folks that believe our post modern, post industrial society can continue to thrive.
Beth Barnett
May 28, 2007 Beth Barnett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this a long time ago, and I found it very interesting and thought provoking at the time. I was a teenager, but I still think it has some philosophical concepts relating to waste and environment that are really interesting to consider.
Yura Park
Aug 14, 2015 Yura Park rated it it was amazing
this book is highly recommended. 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.
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Jan 10, 2016 Aryssa Hutchins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Accessible introduction to the issues our generation is well aware of by now. Jeremy Rifkin gives a sense of calm after laying out how Entropy affects every aspect of our lives.
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Feb 02, 2008 Sol Salinas rated it it was amazing
A powerhouse. Rifkin's arguments are virtually impossible to refute -- We all have a lot of work to do.
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I accidentally picked this book up thinking it was about physics. It's not.
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Learn a bit about the second law of thermodynamics and the ultimate Law of the Land.
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“Time goes forward because energy itself is always moving from an available to an unavailable state. Our consciousness is continually recording the entropy change in the world around us. We watch our friends get old and die. We sit next to a fire and watch it's red-hot embers turn slowly into cold white ashes. We experience the world always changing around us, and that experience is the unfolding of the second law. It is the irreversible process of dissipation of energy in the world. What does it mean to say, 'The world is running out of time'? Simply this: we experience the passage of time by the succession of one event after another. And every time an event occurs anywhere in this world energy is expended and the overall entropy is increased. To say the world is running out of time then, to say the world is running out of usable energy. In the words of Sir Arthur Eddington, 'Entropy is time's arrow'.” 13 likes
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