Anson Rabinbach nsIn existographies, Anson Gilbert Rabinbach (c.1945-) (CR:6) is an American historian noted for his 1990 book The Human Motor, in which he traces the historical use of thermodynamic theory and heat engine metaphor (or human motor), concepts such as work, energy, and entropy, to the modeling and understanding of the human being. [1] The work contains a detailed account of how the newly developed principles of energy and entropy were carried over into the humanities, e.g. economics, psychology, and sociology, etc., by those such as Carl Neumann, Sigmund Freud, and Leon Walras, among numerous others.

Rabinbach completed his BA (1967) at Hofstra University and his MA (1970) and PhD (1973) both at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 1992, Rabinbach was a professor of history at Cooper Union. Currently, he is a history professor at Princeton University.

Quotes | By

The following are quotes by Rabinbach:

“With the discovery of a fatigue as the dystopia of universal labor power, the search for a ‘thermodynamics of society’ began in earnest.”
— Anson Rabinbach (1990), The Human Motor (pg. 68)

1. Rabinbach, Anson. (1990). The Human Motor: Energy, Fatigue, and the Origins of Modernity. Basic Books.

External links
Anson Rabinbach (faculty) – History Department, Princeton University.
Rabinbach, Anson – WorldCat Identities.

TDics icon ns