Energy of Life

Energy of Life

The Science of What Makes Our Minds and Bodies Work

Book - 1999
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The enigma of human energy has been cracked. Biologist Guy Brown offers the first popular introduction to the cutting edge science of bioenergetics, one that provides a new understanding of the energy of life. We all know that something is happening to our energy levels on a sugar "rush," or a coffee "high," or following that afternoon nap, but now everyone can understand the smoothly operating human-energy machine, thanks to Brown's lucid overview of how energy courses through us at both the micro level of our cells and the macro level of our behavior.

At the micro level, the fundamental energy of our bodies is the frenetic movement within our cells that is powered by body heat. The nucleus, the mitochondria, and all ten thousand tiny bimolecular machines that fabricate and transport molecules around the cell do not sit still within the cell membrane but move about as if they were bubblegum balls in a vibrating gum machine. This movement puts every element of the cell in contact with every other every few seconds and enables the energy of the cell to flow. The energy comes from mitochondria, those strange, genetically distinct l

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Free Press : 1999
ISBN: 9780684862576
0684862573
Branch Call Number: 612.01421 B813e
Characteristics: 267p

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