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Introducing Biological Energetics: How Energy and Information Control the Living World

By: Norman WH Cheetham

334 pages, b/w illustrations, tables

Oxford University Press

Paperback | Oct 2010 | #187386 | ISBN-13: 9780199575930
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Hardback | Oct 2010 | #187385 | ISBN-13: 9780199593712
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This novel, interdisciplinary text presents biological understanding in terms of general underlying principles, treating energy as the overarching theme and emphasizing the all-pervading influence of energy transformation in every process, both living and non-living. Key processes and concepts are explained in turn, culminating in a description of the overall functioning and regulation of a living cell. The book rounds off the story of life with a brief account of the endosymbiotic origins of eukaryotic cells, the development of multicellularity, and the emergence of modern plants and animals.

Multidisciplinary research in science is becoming commonplace. However, as traditional boundaries start to break down, researchers are increasingly aware of the deficiencies in their knowledge of related disciplines. Introducing Biological Energetics redresses the reciprocal imbalance in the knowledge levels of physical and biological scientists in particular. Its style of presentation and depth of treatment has been carefully designed to unite these two readerships.

(Cheetham) has a knack of explaining the physics and chemistry of these complex interactions in a most digestible form, thus providing a firm basis for general biologists.
- Bulletin of the British Technological Society

"This remarkable book was written for those who have already had an introduction to the subjects it covers, but who have progressed beyond to a deeper understanding of a single subject, or have information they originally acquired transformed into a mist of past experience...It is enjoyable to read, and represents a highly successful effort on the part of the author to incorporate such an abundance of ideas and facts into a flowing, eminently readable narrative."
- The Quarterly Review of Biology



1: The flow of energy in living systems
2: Origins - the early Earth
3: Energy and force explored
4: Which way? An introduction to thermodynamics
5: The building blocks
6: How fast, how far? Chemical thermodynamics and equilibrium
7: The strange story of water and oil
8: Size matters - proteins and enzymes
9: Molecular genetics - the chemical basis of heredity
10: Electron gymnastics - energy revisited
11: Cells and metabolism - putting it all together
12: From prokaryotes to eukaryotes - getting ready for multicellular life
13: Multicellular life - the last hurdle?

Appendix A - Electromagnetic radiation
Appendix B - Glycolysis
Appendix C - The TCA Cycle
Appendix D - The Calvin Cycle
Appendix E - Amino acid structures

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