Entropy: A New World View (Paladin Bks.)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

Entropy: A New World View (Paladin Bks.)

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  166 ratings  ·  11 reviews
(Still the best introduction to relating economics and the progress of man in time and it relates to the real world and its physical laws. It offers a comprehensive introduction and intuitive framework to understand some of the ecological challenges facing mankind. Written long time before global warming became an acknowledged issue, it has the explanative power to change...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published January 1st 1985 by GRANADA (first published 1980)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 399)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Ensar Uzumcu
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
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.
Nov 15, 2009 Sara rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sara by: Luca
Shelves: global, environment
"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...
Beth Barnett
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.
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....
Sol Salinas
A powerhouse. Rifkin's arguments are virtually impossible to refute -- We all have a lot of work to do.
Learn a bit about the second law of thermodynamics and the ultimate Law of the Land.
Heavy going at times and frequently repetitive
Harry Kessels
great introduction to entropy
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.
I accidentally picked this book up thinking it was about physics. It's not.
Kelly Rowan
Kelly Rowan marked it as to-read
Sep 03, 2014
Michelle marked it as to-read
Sep 01, 2014
Srinivasan Chakrapani
Srinivasan Chakrapani marked it as to-read
Aug 30, 2014
Alexander Naessens
Alexander Naessens marked it as to-read
Aug 23, 2014
Rafael Kemp
Rafael Kemp marked it as to-read
Aug 21, 2014
Jackal42 marked it as to-read
Jul 28, 2014
Scott marked it as to-read
Jul 23, 2014
Megaded2897 marked it as to-read
Jul 19, 2014
Josh Lasker
Josh Lasker marked it as to-read
Jul 19, 2014
Sandra Castibel
Sandra Castibel marked it as to-read
Jul 18, 2014
Vivek Yadav
Vivek Yadav marked it as to-read
Jul 06, 2014
Ashwin added it
Jul 28, 2014
Christos Karsanidis
Christos Karsanidis marked it as to-read
Jul 03, 2014
Chen marked it as to-read
Jul 02, 2014
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 13 14 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
The Third Industrial Revolution: How Lateral Power Is Transforming Energy, the Economy, and the World The Empathic Civilization: The Race To Global Consciousness In A World In Crisis The European Dream: How Europe's Vision of the Future Is Quietly Eclipsing the American Dream The End of Work Beyond Beef: The Rise and Fall of the Cattle Culture

Share This Book

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »

“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'.” 7 likes
More quotes…