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thermodynamics and aging

clejan clejan at jumpnet.com
Tue Jan 19 22:09:46 EST 1999


> Thermodynamics does not really apply to systems far from equilibrium, such
> as living organisms. More precisely, it only applies to those aspects of
> living systems which are in local equilibrium, or near equilibrium, such
> as the temperature of  an organism, or some chemical reactions during some
> part of the cell cycle. I guess even more generally one could apply
> thermodynamics for transitions between equilbrium states. The whole thing
> is tricky because of the flux of energy through living things, which keeps
> them far from thermodynamic equilibrium. I think Prigogine looked at this
> briefly many years ago.







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