Open Systems: Why Study Nonconservative and Otherwise Peculiar Reaction Networks?

  • Martin Feinberg
Part of the Applied Mathematical Sciences book series (AMS, volume 202)


Anyone who passed through high school chemistry will remember that, in addition to more urgent adolescent preoccupations, there was the problem of “balancing chemical equations.” Not only was the total mass on the two sides of a chemical reaction supposed to be identical, so too were the total number of atoms of each kind and the total charge. In this chapter we will indicate not only why it makes sense to consider nonconservative networks but also why, if reaction network theory is to be wide-ranging in its utility, it is essential that we do so.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin Feinberg
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  1. 1.Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, The Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA

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