Drowning in Sight of the Shore

Caught in Eddies of Progress

by Angel Goya



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 4/16/2018

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 536
ISBN : 9781480852303
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 536
ISBN : 9781480852310
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 536
ISBN : 9781480852297

About the Book

Using the metaphor of the second law of thermodynamics, which states that the “amount of entropy of a thermodynamically isolated system tends to increase with time until no more entropy is possible,” this book examines the challenges of the twenty-first century—and offers solutions.

Angel Goya, a lawyer and civil servant, reveals the connections between the major civilizations of antiquity and the fourteenth century, including their successful or failed attempts to survive climatic, cultural, political, and economic challenges.

More importantly, he applies lessons from the past to contemporary society, arguing that to avoid entropy, a technological leap is always required to meet challenges.

Specific chapters explore how climate change, natural disasters, and the environment shaped the Roman empire; how the Roman army was a reflection of the empire’s development; and how culture, religion, and the migration of peoples influenced civilizations in cultural, sociopolitical, and economic terms across the world up to modern times.

Get solutions to problems by looking to the past, and find out why we must embrace globalization instead of reverting to protectionism in Drowning at the Sight of the Shore.

About the Author

Angel Goya, a lawyer and civil servant, was born in Spain in 1964. He has predominantly worked as a manager in Spanish public research bodies, including the National Research Council, Center for Energy, Environmental and Technological Research, and the Geological and Mining Institute of Spain. He also served as civil governor in the province of Guipúzcoa, in the Basque Country, during the height of the Euskadi Ta Askatasuna’s separatist movement. He is currently a labor counselor at the Spanish Embassy in Berlin.