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?

Popsci. Jeremy England: A new physics theory of life

John Baez and friends’ Entropy and information in biological systems shows when Shannon and Boltzmann entropy relate and how that is important for an interesting class of systems

A workshop! Non-Equilibrium Thermodynamics in Biology

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