Scientist explains energy of life in new book

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Scientist explains energy of life in new book


26 March 2012

26 March 2012

An Adjunct Professor of the University of the Sunshine Coast has authored what he describes as a “friendly textbook” to help fill the knowledge gap between biological and chemical processes.

Dr Norm Cheetham is celebrating having his book, Introducing Biological Energetics – How energy and information control the living world, published by Oxford University Press after spending more than five years writing it.

“After years of teaching science, I noticed a gap in understanding between people who were focused on biology and people who were focused on chemistry,” he said.

“People motivated by chemistry didn’t know about biology, and a lot of biologists didn’t know much about the chemicals, reactions and energies that actually drove the living creatures that they were studying.

“So the book takes an interdisciplinary approach and tries to give an overview of chemical aspects and what underlies living cells.”

Dr Cheetham said the book was being sold globally through Oxford University Press retail outlets, and was also available through USC’s Co-op Bookshop.

“The main readership will be people who have already graduated in chemical or biological science who need to know a little about the other discipline,” he said.

“A lot of research that goes on these days is interdisciplinary and a lot of the biological stuff overlaps with chemical information.

“So I have written the book in a conversational manner rather than in a highly-technical way, and I have tried to avoid using specialist scientific terms or concepts without an explanation.”

Dr Cheetham is currently writing another textbook examining all forms of energy from the beginning of the universe to molecular biology.

— Michelle Widdicombe

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