Introducing Biological Energetics
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.
* Adopts a truly interdisciplinary approach to the study of living systems, centred on chemical thermodynamics as applied to biological energy processes* Explores the connections between biology and the physical sciences, providing a clear explanation of unifying themes* Concise and accessible writing style encourages a multidisciplinary readership* Integrated approach provides each student group (biologist, medic, or physical scientist) with useful insights into the others' disciplines