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Thermodynamics and Fluctuations far from Equilibrium

  • Covers the science of thermodynamic systems far from equilibrium

  • Deals with the related theory of thermodynamics and its application to chemical and biological systems as well as to transport processes

  • Both a reference work for researchers and a study text for graduate students


Part of the Springer Series in chemical physics book series (CHEMICAL, volume 90)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Thermodynamics and Fluctuations Far from Equilibrium

  3. Dissipation and Efficiency in Autonomous and Externally Forced Reactions, Including Several Biochemical Systems

  4. Stochastic Theory and Fluctuations in Systems Far from Equilibrium, Including Disordered Systems

About this book


This book deals with the formulation of the thermodynamics of chemical and other systems far from equilibrium, including connections to fluctuations. It contains applications to non-equilibrium stationary states and approaches to such states, systems with multiple stationary states, stability and equi-stability conditions, reaction diffusion systems, transport properties, and electrochemical systems. The theoretical treatment is complemented by experimental results to substantiate the formulation. Dissipation and efficiency are analyzed in autonomous and externally forced reactions, including several biochemical systems.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ChemistryStanford University94305-5080StanfordUSA

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From the reviews:

"Generalizing thermodynamics to treat … nonequilibrium situations is the subject matter of ‘Thermodynamics and Fluctuations far from Equilibrium,’ by John Ross. Because nonequilibrium thermodynamics lies at the heart of many diverse real processes, the book’s subject matter should prove useful to a wide audience including, among others, physicists, chemists, biologists, and engineers. … This book is a welcome contribution to the topic." (Raymond Kapral, Chemical and Engineering News, Vol. 86 (36), 2008)