The Nanotech Pioneers: Where Are They Taking Us?

The Nanotech Pioneers: Where Are They Taking Us?

By: Steven A. Edwards (author)Hardback

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Hype, hope, or horror? This work is a vivid look at nanotechnology, written by an insider and experienced science writer. The variety of new products and technologies that will spin out of nanoscience is limited only by the imagination of the scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs drawn to this new field. Steve Edwards concentrates on the reader's self interest: no military gadgets, wild fantasies of horror nanobot predators and other sci-fi stuff, but presents a realistic view of how this new field of technology will affect people in the near future. He is in close contact with many pioneers in nanotechnology, and includes their backgrounds to allow readers, especially college students considering a career in the field, to better imagine themselves in such positions. However, technology does not develop in a vacuum, and this book also looks at the social, political and economic changes attendant upon the development of nanotechnology. It is for the science-interested general public as well as chemists, students, lecturers, chemical organizations, materials scientists, journalists, politicians, industry, physicists, and biologists.

About Author

Steve A. Edwards obtained his Ph.D. in Biology from the University of California in San Diego in 1980, then spent four years as an NIH postdoctoral fellow at Salk Institute at La Jolla, as well as holding a position of assistant professor at the biochemistry department of Meharry Medical College, Nashville. Since 1994, he has been a free lance writer and from 1997 onwards, he has been a free lance medical technology analyst for Business Communications Company, Inc., Norwalk. From 1998 on, he has taken on several editorial positions with BCC, serving as Contributing Editor for Medical Materials Update, Managing Editor of Applied Genetics News and Drug Discover/Technology News, and as editor for Nano Bio Convergence News, Cell Therapy News, and Biomolecular Diagnostics News. From 2002 to date, he has also been Vice President (Technologies) at Phaelixe, Inc. He received the American Heart Association New Investigator Award (1991 1993) and the NHLBI Minority School Faculty Development Award (1992 1994).


Foreword. Acknowledgments. Chapter 1 The Promise of Nanotechnology. Defining Nanotechnology. Top-Down versus Bottom-Up Manufacturing. What is in Soot? The Different Forms of Carbon. An Alternative Nature. Money Makes the World Go 'Round. Who Knows About Nano? The Promise of Nano. Skeptics. Contemporaneous History. Chapter 2 The Visionaries. Richard Feynman. K. Eric Drexler. Ralph Merkle. Ray Kurzweil. Criticism of the Drexlerian Vision. James Von Ehr. Ernst Ruska and Gerd Binnig. Mike Roco. Chapter 3 On the Road to Nano-. Lithography. Molecular Biology. Supramolecular Chemistry. Chapter 4 Nanotools. The Electron Microscope. Scanning Probe Microscopes: STM, AFM and Variants Thereof. AngstroVision. Nanomanipulators. Chapter 5 Nanoparticles and Other Nanomaterials. Discovering the Buckyball. Carbon Nanotubes. Dendrimers. Quantum Dots. Chapter 6 Learning from Old Mother Nature. The Gecko's Foot. The Eye of the Starfish: The Optical Network of the Sponge. The Abalone's Shell. Diatoms: The Original Silicon Chips. Natural Nanotubes. Synthetic Nerve Membranes. Co-Opting Biology. Chapter 7 Nanoelectronics. Spintronics. Nanotube Memory Chips: NRAM. Nanowires. Thin Films of Glowing Polymers. Nanorobotics. Chapter 8 Nanotech-Enabled Biomedicine. Delivering Drugs. Medical Imaging: X-Ray Tubes. Making the World Safe for MRI (Plus some other Stuff). Nanoshells for Therapy. Pumps. The Strange Case Of Nanobacteria. Medical Diagnostics. Moving Water Around, a Little at a Time. Nanoscale Antenna Controls DNA. Artificial Joints. Artificial Organs. Artificial Cells. Re-Inventing Biology. Chapter 9 Financing Nanotech Dreams. Charlie Harris, Venture Capitalist. Implementing the National Nanotech Initiative. Chapter 10 Mega-Sized Projects that Could Use Tiny Technology: Three Somewhat Grandiose Challenges. Energy: Independence from Fossil Fuels. The Space Elevator. Building a Quantum Computer. Chapter 11 Fear of Nano: Dangers and Ethical Challenges. The Grey Goo Scenario. The Green Goo Scenario. Environmental Catastrophe due to Inhaleable or Ingestible Nanoparticles. Nanotech Will End Shortage-Based Economics. People Will Live for Ever, Leading to Overpopulation. Only Rich People Will Live For Ever. Nanotechnology Will Turn Us Into Cyborgs. Nanotechnology Could Create Weapons of Mass Destruction. Nanotech Will Create Machines that are Smarter than Human Beings. Nanotech Will Hasten the Arrival of the Singularity. Regulating Nanotech. Chapter 12 Final Thoughts on The Destination. Index.

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  • ISBN13: 9783527312900
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 257
  • ID: 9783527312900
  • weight: 620
  • ISBN10: 3527312900

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