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Nanotechnology: Research and Perspectives

Nanotechnology: Research and Perspectives

by BC Crandall, James Lewis


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Advances in physics, molecular biology, and computer science are converging on the capacity to control, with molecular precision, the structure and function of matter. These twenty original contributions provide the first broad-based multidisciplinary definition and examination of the revolutionary new discipline of molecular engineering, or nanotechnology. They address both the promise as well as the economic, environmental, and cultural challenges of this emerging atomic-scale technology. Leaders in their field describe current technologies that feed into nanotechnology - atomic imaging and positioning, protein engineering, and the de novo, design and synthesis of self-assembling molecular structures. They present development strategies for coordinating recent work in chemistry, biotechnology, and scanning-probe microscopy in order to successfully design and engineer molecular systems. They also explore advances in molecular and quantum electronics as well as reversible computational systems and the fundamental physical constraints on computation. Additional chapters discuss research efforts in Japan and present the prospects of nanotechnology as seen from the perspective of a microtechnologist. The final section looks at the implications of success, including the prospects of enormous computational power and the radical consequences of molecular mechanical systems in the fields of medicine and life extension.

Robert Birge. Federico Capasso. BC Crandall. K. Eric Drexler. Gregory Fahy. Richard Feynman. John Foster. Tracy Handel. Bill Joy. Arthur Kantrowitz. Joseph Mallon. Norman Margolus. Ralph Merkle. Lester Milbrath. Gordon Tullock. Hiroyuki Sasabe. Michael Ward

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780262031950
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 12/23/1992
Series: The MIT Press
Pages: 393
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.65(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

BC Crandall is Cofounder and Vice President of Prime Arithmetics, Inc.

Table of Contents

1 Overview and Introduction
K. Eric DreXler
I Molecular Systems Engineering
2 Atomic Imaging and Positioning
John Foster
3 Design and Characterization of 4HeliX Bundle
Tracy Handel
4 Design of SelfAssembling Molecular Systems:
Electrostatic Structural Enforcement in LowDimensional Molecular
Michael D. Ward
5 Molecular Engineering in Japan: Progress toward
Hiroyuki Sasabe
6 Strategies for Molecular Systems Engineering
K. Eric DreXler
II Related Technologies
7 Molecular Electronics
Robert Birge
8 Quantum Transistors and Integrated Circuits
Federico Capasso
9 Fundamental Physical Constraints on the Computational
Norman Margolus
10 Nanotechnology from a Micromachinist's Point of
Joseph Mallon
11 What Major Problems Need to Be Overcome to Design and
Build Molecular Systems?
Panel Discussion: DreXler, Foster, Handel, Merkle, and Ward
III Perspectives
12 Possible Medical Applications of Nanotechnology:
Hints from the Field of Aging Research
Gregory M. Fahy
13 The Future of Computation
Bill Joy
14 Economic Consequences of New Technologies
Gordon Tullock
15 The Risks of Nanotechnology
Ralph Merkle
16 Fears and Hopes of an Environmentalist for
Lester W. Milbrath
17 The Weapon of Openness
Arthur Kantrowitz
18 What Public Policy Pitfalls Can Be Avoided in the
Development and Regulation of Nanotechnology?
Panel Discussion: DreXler, Kantrowitz, Merkle, Milbrath, Schwartz,
and Tullock
AppendiX A Machines of Inner Space
K. Eric DreXler
AppendiX B There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom:An
Invitation to Enter A New Field of Physics
Richard Feynman

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