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Colloquium – Ugur Cetiner, Harvard Medical School
Insights from life: a physicist’s perspective
Life is inherently away from thermodynamic equilibrium. However, the analysis of non-equilibrium steady states has been hampered by combinatorial complexity. In the midst of this complexity, there are still interesting thermodynamic structures. I am going to exploit a graph-theoretic representation of Markov processes to reformulate non-equilibrium steady-state probabilities in a way that makes their descriptions independent of system size and gives them thermodynamic meaning. I am going to conclude by showing how analyzing the non-equilibrium physics of living systems can provide new physics insights.