Journal of Biological Physics

, Volume 20, Issue 1, pp 213–222

Thermodynamics and biological evolution

A motive force of evolution
  • G. P. Gladyshev
Section 8. Origin And Structure Of The Cell: Physical Aspects

DOI: 10.1007/BF00700438

Cite this article as:
Gladyshev, G.P. J Biol Phys (1995) 20: 213. doi:10.1007/BF00700438


The author of the present paper hopes that the thermodynamic nature of biological evolution will be perceived in the nearest future. He suggests a macrothermodynamic model that takes into account the fact that in the course of ontogenesis, philogenesis and the appropriate stages of the general biological evolution the biosystems are enriched by energy-intensive chemical substances, which force water out of these systems. Moreover, macrothermodynamics helps one to understand adaptive changes in the composition and structure of the biosystems.

Key words

Biological evolutionmacrothermodynamicshierarchical systemquasi-closed systemontogenesisphylogenesischemical composition of living bodies

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • G. P. Gladyshev
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Ecological Biophysical ChemistryAcademy of Creative EndeavorsMoscowRussia