Network thermodynamics

In thermodynamics, network thermodynamics is a synthesis of thermodynamics, particularly nonequilibrium thermodynamics and Prigoginean thermodynamics, circuit theory, graph theory, and differential geometry directed towards studies of biological systems and temporal and spatial organizations in biology. [1]

History
The term and general logic of “network thermodynamics” was coined by Israeli chemist Aharon Katchalsky, who in 1968 began to introduce the dissipative structure works of Belgian chemist Ilya Prigogine into the Lewis school of thermodynamics, particularly through the association of postdoctoral student George Oster and graduate student Alan Perelson. [1] American physiologist Donald Mikulecky is a more recent advocate of network thermodynamics.

References
1. Perelson, Alan S. (1975). “Network Thermodynamics”, Biophysical Journal, Vol. 15 (7): 667-85.

Further reading
● Peusner, L. (1970). The Principles of Network Thermodynamics and Biophysical Applications, Ph.D. thesis, Harvard University, (Reprinted by Entropy Limited, 1987).
● Bonchev, Danail and Rouvray, Dennis H. (2005). Complexity in Chemistry, Biology, and Ecology (ch 3: The Structure of Network Thermodynamics as Formalism, pgs. 118-32). Birkhäuser.

External links
Network Thermodynamics of Biophysical Systems (a list of sources) – Infography.com

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