Randall L. SchwellerMaxwell’s Demon and the Golden Apple: Global Discord in the New Millennium

Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014

by Heath Brown on August 11, 2014

Randall L. Schweller

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[Cross-posted from New Books in Political ScienceRandall L. Schweller is Professor of Political Science and a Social and Behavioral Sciences Joan N. Huber Faculty Fellow at Ohio State University.  He has written Maxwell’s Demon and the Golden Apple: Global Discord in the New Millennium (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014)

In Maxwell’s Demon, Schweller examines the future of world politics, by connecting the increasing reliance on technology and multitasking with a fragmenting world order. The book combines the Greek myth of the Golden Apple of Discord, which explains the start of the Trojan War, with a look at the second law of thermodynamics, or entropy.

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