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Physics of Bioenergetic Processes

  • Lev Alexandrovitsch Blumenfeld

Part of the Springer Series in Synergetics book series (SSSYN, volume 16)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. Lev Alexandrovitsch Blumenfeld
    Pages 1-3
  3. Lev Alexandrovitsch Blumenfeld
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  4. Lev Alexandrovitsch Blumenfeld
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  5. Lev Alexandrovitsch Blumenfeld
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  6. Lev Alexandrovitsch Blumenfeld
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 121-134

About this book

Introduction

According to its definition, synergetics is concerned with the cooperation of indi­ vidual parts of a system that produces macroscopic temporal, spatial or functional structures. A good deal of the volumes published within this series dealt with the formation of truly macroscopic structures which we can s. ee with our eyes. A common scheme could be developed to understand the formation of many patterns through self-organization. In particular, we have to use concepts which go beyond conventio­ nal thermodynamics. New ideas became crucial. We have to study kinetic processes, and often few highly excited degrees of freedom play the decisive role in the evo­ lution of structures. Over the past years it has turned out that quite similar lines of approach apply to a world which at first sight would be classified as "microsco­ pic". That world consists of processes in which biomolecules are involved. An impor­ tant example for the problems occurring there is provided by Manfred Eigen's theory of evolution of life at the molecular level (cf. his contribution to Volume 17 of this series). Another important example has been provided by Blumenfeld's book on problems of biological physics (Vol. 7 of this series). There it was proposed to treat biological molecules as machines which, in a certain sense, work through "macros­ copic" degrees of freedom.

Keywords

Energiehaushalt Physics Potential biological physics chemical potential equilibrium kinetics low temperature molecule proteins synergetics temperature thermodynamics

Authors and affiliations

  • Lev Alexandrovitsch Blumenfeld
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Chemical PhysicsAcademy of SciencesV-334 Moscow, GSP-1USSR

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-68525-5
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1983
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-68527-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-68525-5
  • Series Print ISSN 0172-7389
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