New book on Nanotechnology
Teresa A. Ehling
ehling at rice-chex.ai.mit.edu
Thu Dec 17 22:20:20 EST 1992
Now available from the MIT Press!
Research and Perspectives
edited by BC Crandall and James Lewis
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.
Contributors: 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.
ISBN 0-262-03195-7 CRANH
381 pp. -- 136 illus., 29 in color
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