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In this chapter, we shall introduce a network language in order to represent the thermodynamic processes and their interactions which typically occur in biological systems. The question whether there is a real need for such a new language is primarily a question of convenience. After having introduced the physical basis of thermodynamic processes like transfer of heat and matter or chemical reactions in the previous chapter, the introduction of a new language does not bring into play any substantially new physical aspect. On the other hand, the utilization of an appropriate language is very often a decisive step when formulating and solving a problem.


Diffusion Flux Thermodynamic Process Linear Network Reaction Flux Translation Rule 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Theoretische PhysikRhein.-Westf.-Techn. HochschuleAachenGermany

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