Thermodynamics of life

September 23, 2014 — May 30, 2017

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Statistical mechanics of living things.

What is happening in this area, since everyone got tired of handwaving about “dissipative systems”? Prigogene’s work in that area seems to have sunk into… disregard? disrepute? But there is a revival of some of the formalisms.

Shinier and newer, Jeremy England is hip… others?

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