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Biological Thermodynamics


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Preface; 1. Energy transformation; 2. The first law of thermodynamics; 3. The second law of thermodynamics; 4. Gibbs free energy - theory; 5. Gibbs free energy - applications; 6. Statistical thermodynamics; 7. Binding equilibria; 8. Reaction kinetics; 9. The frontier of biological thermodynamics; Appendices; Glossary; Index of names; Subject index.

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An accessible introduction to thermodynamics for undergraduate biology and biochemistry students.


'Reducing the living world down to the laws of physics is a challenge that has occupied some of the greatest minds. Providing a text which enables the rest of us to understand this work is a challenge of a very different kind. In this work Dr Haynie has conquered this challenge and provided a readable and digestible text on a subject area which is notoriously difficult to communicate. Dr Haynie's approach has been to weave the theory of thermodynamics into a book which is decorated with a wealth of examples of application to the living world, as well as an historical and philosophical context. The book is extremely well referenced with citations from texts from ancient civilisation to the present day, including most of the great scientists and thinkers of the ages. The book will serve the requirements of the student biophysicist, biochemist and biotechnologist enabling them to delve into specific areas for rapid reference, to refer to detailed sections explaining complex thermodynamic principle around which to construct essays, and finally provide a very good, entertaining and informative read.' Dr John Ladbury, University College London
'Congratulations on producing a refreshingly readable thermodynamics book. The next generation of students should be extremely grateful for it.' Dr Peter Budd, University of Manchester
'Here at a last is a textbook written by an expert in thermodynamics specifically for students of biology, who are guided gently, with the help of familiar, concrete examples, into a thorough understanding of the abstract concepts of thermodynamics and how to apply them.' Dr Derek Bendall, University of Cambridge
'In my opinion, the author has covered a traditionally 'boring field' with vivid description and interesting examples. My overall impression is that this book is comprehensive, illustrative and up-to-date ... And I would certainly recommend it to my graduate students.' Professor Yigong Shi, Princeton University
'... an outstanding supplement to the treatment offered in most textbooks of biochemistry ... very rewarding for students majoring in biochemistry, biophysics, or biotechnology.' F. Vella, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education

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