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Is "energetics" the same as "thermodynamics"?

  1. Jan 4, 2016 #1
    If so, why do people use the word "energetics"?
     
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  3. Jan 4, 2016 #2

    Doc Al

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    Where did you see the term "energetics" used?
     
  4. Jan 4, 2016 #3

    fresh_42

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    The Wikipedia article on "energetics" states it as a sort of generalization of thermodynamics. However, it is in big need for further contributions and doesn't look very reliable. It doesn't even exist in my language.
     
  5. Jan 4, 2016 #4

    Doc Al

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    Yes, I saw that and dismissed it as junk. "Energetics" might be an old-fashioned term. I've not seen it in any textbook I've used.
     
  6. Jan 4, 2016 #5

    fresh_42

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    It might as well be a very modern term: Googling it gave me a lot of sports wear and related stuff! :smile: But Google is country sensitive ...
     
  7. Jan 5, 2016 #6
    The word "bio-energetics" is used by Nick Lane in his book, "The Vital Question: Why Is Life The Way It Is?", that Bill Gates is reading or has read.
     
  8. Jan 5, 2016 #7
    I think it's because "bio-energetics" doesn't involve heat a lot, which "thermodynamics" seems to imply is the most important form of energy?
     
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