Thermodynamic Network Analysis of Biological Systems

  • J. Schnakenberg

Part of the Universitext book series (UTX)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VIII
  2. J. Schnakenberg
    Pages 1-3
  3. J. Schnakenberg
    Pages 4-29
  4. J. Schnakenberg
    Pages 30-54
  5. J. Schnakenberg
    Pages 55-68
  6. J. Schnakenberg
    Pages 69-94
  7. J. Schnakenberg
    Pages 95-110
  8. J. Schnakenberg
    Pages 111-138
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 139-146

About this book

Introduction

This book is devoted to the question: What fundamental ideas and concepts can phys­ ics contribute to the analysis of complex systems like those in biology and ecolo­ gy? The book originated from two lectures which I gave during the winter term 1974/75 and the summer term 1976 at the Rheinisch-Westfalische Technische Hoch­ schule in Aachen. The wish for a lecture with this kind of subject was brought forward by students of physics as well as by those from other disciplines like biology, physiology, and engineering sciences. The students of physics were look­ ing for ways which might lead them from their monodisciplinary studies into the interdisciplinary field between physics and life sciences. The students from the other disciplines suspected that there might be helpful physical concepts and ideas for the analysis of complex systems they ought to become acquainted with. It is clear that a lecture or a book which tries to realize the expectations of both these groups will meet with difficulties arising from the different train­ ings and background knowledge of physicists and nonphysicists. For the physicists, I have tried to give a brief description of the biological aspect and significance of a problem wherever it seems necessary and appropriate and as far as a physicist like me feels authorized to do so.

Keywords

Analysis Biologisch-mathematisches Modell Netzwerk Thermodynamik biology life sciences physical concepts physiology

Authors and affiliations

  • J. Schnakenberg
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Theoretische PhysikRhein.-Westf.-Techn. HochschuleAachenGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-96394-0
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1977
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-08122-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-96394-0
  • Series Print ISSN 0172-5939
  • Series Online ISSN 2191-6675
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