New book on Nanotechnology

Teresa A. Ehling ehling at
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 
$39.95, hardcover


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