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The Kinetics of Biological Systems

Chapter

Abstract

This section provides an introduction to the basic ideas of systems theory as applied to living organisms which is an important part of theoretical biophysics. Originally, thermodynamics, as a universal theory of energetic basis of all movements in nature, and kinetics, as a theory of time courses of predicted processes, were considered as two separate theoretical approaches. Thermodynamics answers the questions: what are the reasons for, the driving force of, and the direction of a movement, and what, finally, is the equilibrium situation which will be arrived at if the energetic potentials are equilibrated? Kinetics, on the other hand, just studies the course of a given reaction, its time constants and rates, possible stationary states, stabilities, and oscillations.

Keywords

Synaptic Input Dissipative Structure Manipulate Variable Prey Organism Disturbance Variable 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Humboldt-UniversitätBerlinGermany

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