Introducing Biological Energetics: How Energy and Information Control the Living World
By: Norman W.H. Cheetham (author)Paperback
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This novel, interdisciplinary text presents biological understanding in terms of general underlying principles, treating energy as the overarching theme and emphasizing the all-pervading influence of energy transformation in every process, both living and non-living. Key processes and concepts are explained in turn, culminating in a description of the overall functioning and regulation of a living cell. The book rounds off the story of life with a brief account of the endosymbiotic origins of eukaryotic cells, the development of multicellularity, and the emergence of modern plants and animals. Multidisciplinary research in science is becoming commonplace. However, as traditional boundaries start to break down, researchers are increasingly aware of the deficiencies in their knowledge of related disciplines. Introducing Biological Energetics redresses the reciprocal imbalance in the knowledge levels of physical and biological scientists in particular. Its style of presentation and depth of treatment has been carefully designed to unite these two readerships.
Norman Cheetham has extensive science teaching experience at Secondary School, Teachers' College and University level. He has contributed chapters to three science text books used in Australian Secondary Schools, and developed the chemistry sections of a set of overhead projector-based teaching materials. Until retirement, he was an Associate Professor in the School of Chemistry, the University of NSW, Sydney, where he taught courses in food chemistry, polymer chemistry, carbohydrates, drug analysis, and instrumental techniques. He is now an Adjunct Professor at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia, and is still involved in teaching and research.
Preface ; Introduction ; 1. The flow of energy in living systems ; 2. Origins - the early Earth ; 3. Energy and force explored ; 4. Which way? An introduction to thermodynamics ; 5. The building blocks ; 6. How fast, how far? Chemical thermodynamics and equilibrium ; 7. The strange story of water and oil ; 8. Size matters - proteins and enzymes ; 9. Molecular genetics - the chemical basis of heredity ; 10. Electron gymnastics - energy revisited ; 11. Cells and metabolism - putting it all together ; 12. From prokaryotes to eukaryotes - getting ready for multicellular life ; 13. Multicellular life - the last hurdle? ; Appendix A - Electromagnetic radiation ; Appendix B - Glycolysis ; Appendix C - The TCA Cycle ; Appendix D - The Calvin Cycle ; Appendix E - Amino acid structures ; Index
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