In science, metabolism refer so []

In 1779, Adair Crawford, in his Experiments and Observations on Animal Heat, outlined preliminary ideas on animal heat.
In 1783, Antoine Lavoisier and Pierre Laplace, in their Memoir on Heat, building on Crawford and others, began to initiate the field of metabolism, and thereafter conducted a number of experiments on humans.

In 1974, Henry Swan, in his Thermoregulation and Bioenergetics, published the following historical timeline of the development of metabolic theory: [1]

Metabolism (history)


The following are related quotes:

“If one had the kind of vision [e.g. electron microscope/quantum microscope] that allowed one [see: advanced perspective] to see molecules and were in a jungle, one would see molecules wandering about everywhere, at random. In this ceaseless wandering, one might recognize a locus in which molecules of various types were particularly concentrated, which held its form [bound state] approximately while myriads of molecules streamed in and out [turnover rate]; and that locus would be a monkey in the jungle. That continuous inflow and outflow of material [metabolism], and whatever of its structure endured, would not only make that a unique monkey from among monkeys but would ensure that it changed [see: Heraclitus] from moment to moment throughout its entire existence.”
Albert Szent-Gyorgyi (c.1965), Publication [2]

1. Swan, Henry. (1974). Thermoregulation and Bioenergetics: Patterns for Vertebrate Survival (pg. xi). American Elsevier Pub. Co.
2. (a) Wald, George. (1965). “Determinism, Individuality, and the Problem of Free Will” (pg. 24), in: New Views of the Nature of Man (editor: John Platt). University of Chicago Press.
(b) Scott, George P. (1985). Atoms of the Living Flame: an Odyssey into Ethics and the Physical Chemistry of Free Will (pg. 39). University Press of America.

External links
‚óŹ Metabolism – Wikipedia.

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