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Biological Thermodynamics

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  • Date Published: March 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521711340

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  • This inter-disciplinary guide to the thermodynamics of living organisms has been thoroughly revised and updated to provide a uniquely integrated overview of the subject. Retaining its highly readable style, it will serve as an introduction to the study of energy transformation in the life sciences and particularly as an accessible means for biology, biochemistry and bioengineering undergraduate students to acquaint themselves with the physical dimension of their subject. The emphasis throughout the text is on understanding basic concepts and developing problem-solving skills. The mathematical difficulty increases gradually by chapter, but no calculus is required. Topics covered include energy and its transformation, the First Law of Thermodynamics, Gibbs free energy, statistical thermodynamics, binding equilibria and reaction kinetics. Each chapter comprises numerous illustrative examples taken from different areas of biochemistry, as well as a broad range of exercises and references for further study.

    • Specifically written for life science students with mathematics kept to a minimum so that the scientific concepts are not obscured by mathematical detail
    • Each chapter features a vignette integrating current interdisciplinary knowledge on a key biological topic
    • Solutions to end of chapter problems available online to instructors
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    '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 students.' 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.' Frank Vella, University of Saskatchewan

    '… a very readable and informed introduction to energy transformation at several levels of biological organization: molecules, cells, and multicellular organisms … a good introduction to the new field of biological thermodynamics and represents an important contribution to the literature.' Lloyd Demetrius, Harvard University and Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics, Berlin

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: March 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521711340
    • length: 440 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 188 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.936kg
    • contains: 125 b/w illus. 25 tables 250 exercises
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    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
    10. Appendices
    Index of names
    Subject index.

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    Donald T. Haynie, Central Michigan University
    Don Haynie is Founder and Chief Scientist of Artificial Cell Technologies, Inc, Director of the Bionanosystems Engineering Laboratory and Research Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics at Central Michigan University, and a Clinical Professor at University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Former members of his research group are at Harvard Medical School, King's College London, Schering-Plough, and Pacific Nanotechnology. He has held academic appointments at The Johns Hopkins University, the University of Oxford, the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, and Louisiana Tech University, in departments of biophysics, biomolecular sciences, biomedical engineering, chemistry, and physics. He has taught thermodynamics to biology, biochemistry, and engineering students world-wide.

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