Nano by Edward, Jr. JR. Regis
The Emerging Science of Nanotechnology

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It's the ultimate technology: nanotechnology--the attempt to build ordinary objects from the atoms up, molecule by molecule. So named because its building blocks are the smallest pieces of matter, nanotechnology will give us complete control over the structure of matter, allowing us to build any substance or structure permitted by the Laws of Nature. Placing atoms as if they were bricks, nano-machines could turn grass clippings into prime sirloin--directly, without cows. They could turn coal into diamond, & sheets of diamond into rocket engines. Suitably reprogrammed, the tiny machines could repair all of your body's ailing cells. Science fiction? Actually, scientists have already isolated individual atoms and moved them at will, even using them to spell out words on a scale so small that the entire ENCYCLOPEDIA BRITANNICA can be written on the head of a pin. Conceived by Nobel Prize winning physicist Richard Feynmen & pioneered by the remarkable K. Eric Drexler, who earned the first Ph.D. in the field he created at MIT more than a decade ago, nanotechnology is astoundingly near. In NANO, acclaimed science writer Ed Regis introduces us to the visionary engineers & scientists--as well as the critics--of this imminent technological revolution & shows how their work may soon begin changing the world as we know it, with fleets of molecular assemblers churning out essential commodities without human labor, the world economy would be transformed, famine & poverty banished forever. With cell-repair devices coursing through the human body, aging could be postponed, even halted, common diseases eradicated permanently. But would this new world be a return to Eden or a rash step into a dangerous future? Programmed differently, those same molecular machines could become agents more potent than the deadliest viruses. Articulate, intelligent, & entertaining, Regis reports on the wonders and perils of this new technology, & traces its philosophical implications.
 

About Edward, Jr. JR. Regis

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Ed Regis, Ph.D., is a former philosophy professor & has written for "Wired," "Discover," & "Science Digest." He is the author of four books, including "Who Got Einstein's Office?," "Great Mambo Chicken," & "The Transhuman Condition.
 
Published January 1, 1995 by Little Brown and Company. 325 pages
Genres: Computers & Technology, Education & Reference, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Designing mechanical parts to be built one atom at a time has kept him busy, even though not a single working nanotech machine has been built to date.

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Science writer Regis offers an accessible introduction to the mind-bending world of molecular engineering. (July)

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