An understanding of entropy could help in that identification and this book can help provide that understanding. It is an appropriate successor to. He penetrates to the heart of the energy equation in human history. Wertime, Historian of Energy, Materials and Civilization, Smithsonian Institution "This is an important book of truly cosmic dimensions, for which Rifkin deserves the highest accolades. Epstein, author of The Politics of Cancer "Jeremy Rifkin has done it again: producing a book that forces people to rethink at once their own lives and the entire social system that surrounds them. He is, once again, methodical, courageous, and persuasive.
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He grew up on the southwest side of Chicago. He was president of the graduating class of at the University of Pennsylvania , where he received a bachelor of science degree in economics at the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce.
I got very upset. From then on, Rifkin quickly became an active member of the peace movement. Thousands joined the protest, as activists dumped empty oil barrels into Boston Harbor. The protest came in the wake of the increase in gasoline prices in the fall of , following the OPEC oil embargo. FOET examines new trends and their effects on the environment, the economy, culture, and society, and it engages in litigation, public education, coalition building, and grassroots organizing activities to advance their goals.
Rifkin became one of the first major critics of the nascent biotechnology industry with the publication of his book, Who Should Play God? It was called "A comprehensive worldview" and "an appropriate successor to Reporting on the growing controversy over automation and technology displacement in , The Economist pointed out that Rifkin drew attention to the trend back in with the publication of his book, The End of Work.
Then The Economist asked "what happens In other words, when capital becomes labor. Rifkin argued prophetically that society was entering a new phase, one in which fewer and fewer workers would be needed to produce all the goods and services consumed. The process has already begun. In its review of the book, the journal Nature observed that "Rifkin does his best work in drawing attention to the growing inventory of real and potential dangers and the ethical conundrums raised by genetic technologies Can any reasonable person believe for a moment that such unprecedented power is without substantial risk?
According to the Journal of Consumer Research, "the phenomenon of access was first documented in the popular business press by Rifkin , who primarily examines the business-to-business sector and argues that we are living in an age of access in which property regimes have changed to access regimes characterized by short-term limited use of assets controlled by networks of suppliers.
In the U. The book was a New York Times best-seller,  and has been translated into 19 languages. By , approximately , copies were in print in China alone. Rifkin delivered a keynote address at the Global Green Summit on May 10, President Lee Myung-bak of South Korea also gave a speech at the conference and embraced the Third Industrial Revolution to advance a green economy.
Rifkin delivered a keynote address on transforming the European Union into a smart third industrial revolution paradigm. Jeremy Rifkin joined Maros Sefcovic, vice president of the European Commission, and Markku Markkula, president of the European Committee of the Regions, in a presentation of the smart city and smart region agenda across the European Union.
Opponents have attacked the lack of scientific rigor in his claims as well as some of the tactics he has used to promote his views.
Entropy: A New World View
The authors argue that humanity is wasting resources at an increasing rate, which if unchecked will lead to the destruction of civilization, which has happened before on a smaller scale to past societies. The book promotes the use of sustainable energy sources and slow resource consumption as the solution to delay or forestall death by entropy. However, a more modern based on information theory treats entropy as uncertainty. The later approach explains how in some cases entropy increases order.