Entropy: A New World View (with Ted Howard)
Viking Press, 1980
"Rifkin has a rare perception of the contemporary order. He penetrates to the heart of the energy equation in human history."
— Theodore A. 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."
— Samuel S. 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."
— Jonathan Kozol, author of Death at an Early Age
"A highly readable and stimulating antidote to the sterile and mechanistic paradigm which now enshrouds so much economic thinking."
— Gar Alperovitz, Director, National Center for Economic Alternatives
"Entropy: A New World View explains, with sometimes disarming simplicity, the breakdown of the existing world order. It has compelled me to re-evaluate much of the safe and comfortable thinking which governs our day to day lives. This is an inspiring work."
— Senator Mark Hatfield
"At last! Rifkin and Howard have written the epitaph of economics. This brilliant work will strike terror into the heart of every economist. It is a major re-conceptualization which will help shape the public debate of the 1980s."
— Hazel Henderson, author of Creating Alternative Futures
"Entropy: A New World View is earthshaking in its implications. This newly formulated world view should create the same kind of heated controversy and the same kind of reluctant but inexorable acceptance as the revolutionary concepts advanced by Copernicus and Darwin."
— Rufus E. Miles, Jr., Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University
"For a long time I've been aware of the pervasive error in overlooking or denying the Second Law of Thermodynamics in dealing with the Earth environment Rifkin's is certainly the most articulate and comprehensive work addressed to the subject...I do believe the book should be widely read and taken to heart."
— Hugh Downs, ABC News
"Jeremy Rifkin's analysis shows that the most important legacy of our energy consumption is an obsolete world view. After reading this book I realized more than ever that to win the 'moral equivalent of war' we must change the way we think as well as the way we heat our homes. Rifkin cuts away the underbrush of myths to expose the root of our present disorder. This is public philosophy at its best at a time when it is needed most."
— Senator George McGovern
"The thesis of this book is the most important issue before industrial society today. If we fail to understand it we will not correctly understand the problems of energy supply, pollution, inflation or unemployment."
— Willis W. Harman, Associate Director, Center for the Study of Social Policy, Stanford Research Institute
"A well-written, logical assault on the conventional view that, given time and knowledge, everything will work out As we re-industrialize the US to meet new energy realities, our policy should determine which industries are inevitably running down and which can grow. An understanding of entropy could help in that identification and this book can help provide that understanding."
— Business Week
"Rifkin's message is of utmost importance It should be read by everybody who is concerned about life and society as we know it."
— Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"A powerfully argued and well-written book Rifkin's achievement lies in lifting the concept of entropy from the narrow confines of physics, generalizing it, and taking the generalization to its logical conclusion."
— New Scientist
"A comprehensive world view timely, thought-provoking and surprisingly engaging. It is an appropriate successor to Silent Spring, The Closing Circle, The Limits to Growth, and Small is Beautiful."
— Minneapolis Tribune