|John Edsall and Hanoch Gutfreund's 1983 book on biothermodynamics which discusses the history and biological processes of thermodynamics; theoretical aspects of thermodynamic principles which aid in understanding biochemical processes; and the interpretation of data obtained from biochemical reactions, ligand binding, and calorimetric measurements on biological systems. |
“The new thermodynamics shows that it is necessary not only for biological theory to be based upon physics, but also that biological points of view can open new pathways in physical theory as well.”The mechanical equivalent of heat, e.g., is not going to change because of new "biological points of view".
“We are considering the state of thermodynamic data referring to and useful in the various branches of the life sciences. For short we can refer to this as biothermodynamics.”
See main: Thermodynamics (naming)The term 'biothermodynamics' is loosely synonymous with biochemical thermodynamics, biological thermodynamics, and bioenergetics, although each seems to have a subtle difference, the first focusing on the thermodynamics of biochemical reactions, the second on protein-protein interactions, and the latter on energy (first law) balancing involved cell membrane transport phenomena, in short.