Curated by RSF Research Staff
A New Physics Theory of Life
Entropy has a well defined description for closed systems at equilibrium. However, to understand how living systems evolve from ostensibly purely chemical networks, the thermodynamics and entropy need to be understood for open systems that are far from equilibrium. A new theory proposes that increases in the efficiency to extract energy and dissipate heat into the environment may have driven the emergence of the first biological systems following thermodynamic rules of entropy for far-from equilibrium dynamics.