If you work on this, please submit an abstract here before October 22! Our session number is 03.01.32.
Non-equilibrium Thermodynamics in Biology: from Chemical Reaction Networks to Natural Selection
Since Lotka, physical scientists have argued that living things belong to a class of complex and orderly systems that exist not despite the second law of thermodynamics, but because of it. Life and evolution, through natural selection of dissipative structures, are based on non-equilibrium thermodynamics. The challenge is to develop an understanding of what the respective physical laws can tell us about flows of energy and matter in living systems, and about growth, death and selection. This session will address current challenges including understanding emergence, regulation and control across scales, and entropy production, from metabolism in microbes to evolving ecosystems.
We have some speakers lined up already. Eric Smith of the Santa Fe Institute will speak on “Combinatorics in evolution: from rule-based systems to the thermodynamics of selectivities”. David Sivak of Simon Fraser University will speak on “”Nonequilibrium energy and information flows in autonomous systems”.
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