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I already asked this question on the physics SE but redirected here:

In the field of biophysics, it seems there is a subfield called "bioenergetics" about the processes of generating energy by biology. I am looking for a book to be introduced to the physics aspects of bioenergetics. I checked up on Springer and there seem to be quite some books on the topic, but the problem is that I fear that they would require heavy biology basics.

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  • $\begingroup$ Whether you are talking about generating heat energy, kinetic energy, or releasing chemical energy, you'll certainly need an understanding of the underlying molecular biology and/or biochemistry. It depends on what you mean by "heavy biology basics". For instance, understanding oxidative phosphorylation would require you to understand that mitochondria have a double membrane and are equipped with an electron transporting machinery within one of the membranes. That certainly is biology. $\endgroup$ – S Pr Sep 13 '19 at 15:13
  • $\begingroup$ @SPr Understood, but is there a book that is "self-contained" in some way that the biology basics like "mitochondria" are explained? $\endgroup$ – PackSciences Sep 13 '19 at 15:15
  • $\begingroup$ Ok so the vital force seems to be oriented towards biochemistry, right? And what is the purpose on Harold on the Peter Michell Nobel prize? I didn't understand the purpose of it in the question. Do you, by any chance, have the list of chapters of The Vital Force? $\endgroup$ – PackSciences Sep 14 '19 at 16:00
  • $\begingroup$ Sounds a bit too advanced, but a good reference nonetheless :) $\endgroup$ – PackSciences Sep 14 '19 at 16:43

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