Energy flow in biology: biological organization as a problem in thermal physics
"The purpose of this book is to discuss and present evidence for the general thesis that the flow of energy through a system acts to organize that system"--p. 2.
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n The Evolution of Molecular Order
in Biological Generalizations
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amino acids Ammonium analysis atomic composition average biochemical biochemistry biological systems biomass biosphere Boltzmann Boltzmann equation bond energy calculation canonical ensemble carbon Chapter Chem chemical potential CHNO compounds concentration consider constant covalent covalent bonds cycle detailed discussed distribution ecology electronic energy flow enthalpy entropy change equation equilibrium ensemble equilibrium system flow of energy flux function Gibbs free energy H. J. Morowitz heat of formation Helmholtz free energy Hydrazine Hydrogen intermediate system isothermal reservoir kcal/gm kcal/mole kinetic temperature Knudsen barrier living cell living systems macromolecules macroscopic material measure Methyl microstate model system mole molecular molecules monomer nitrogen nonequilibrium system organisms oxide perfect gas phosphate photons possible prebiological principle probability problem processes properties protein quantity radiation reaction requires second law sink solar solution species statistical mechanics structure sulfonic acid Sulfur synthesis Table terrestrial theory thermal energy thermodynamics trophic level ubiquitous York zero