Thomas DeGregory

Thomas DeGregory nsIn economic thermodynamics, Thomas R. DeGregory (c.1937-) is an American economist noted for his 1986 article “Technology and Negative Entropy”, wherein he argues that life is an island of negative entropy, and that alternative technologies help us to stave off inevitable losses of organization due to the second law, by creating new resources. [1] DeGregory, in general, seems argue against the views of Nicholas Georgescu and Jeremy Rifkin, and their view that material entropy loss tends to a maximum.

DeGregory completed his BA in government and philosophy (1959) and MA in economics (1960) at the University of New Mexico, and completed his PhD in economics at the University of Texas in 1965. DeGregory currently is professor of economics at the University of Texas.

1. (a) De Gregory, Thomas R. (1986). “Technology and Negative Entropy: Continuity or Catastrophe?”, Journal of Economic Issues, Vol. XX, June.
(b) De Gregory, Thomas R. (1985). A Theory of Technology: Continuity and Change in Human Development (entropy, pgs. 4, 8, 94, 192). Iowa State University Press.
(c) O’Hara, Phillip A. (1999). Encyclopedia of Political Economy, Volume1 (pg. 264). Routledge.

External links
Thomas DeGregory (faculty) – University of Houston.
DeGregori, Thomas R. – WorldCat Identies.

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