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Entropy Law, Sustainability, and Third Industrial Revolution

Ramprasad Sengupta


In mankind’s relentless quest for prosperity, Nature has suffered great damage. It has been treated as an inexhaustible reserve of resources. The indefinite scale of global expansion is still continuing and now the earth’s very survival is under threat. But against this exploitation of nature, there is the concept of entropy, which places a finite limit on the extent to which resources can be used in any closed system, such as our planet. Considering the impact of entropy, this book examines the key issues of sustainability—social, economic, and environmental. It discusses the social dimension ... More

Keywords: entropy, sustainability, Third Industrial Revolution, resource scarcity, poverty, inequality, social tension, crime, energy, electricity, fossil fuel, new renewables, climate change, climate fund, resource rent, human development, environmental sustainability, index of development

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190121143
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190121143.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ramprasad Sengupta, author
Professor Emeritus, Jawahar Lal Nehru University, Delhi