Nano-Hype: The Truth Behind Nanotechnology Buss / Edition 1

Hardcover (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $1.99
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 93%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (11) from $1.99   
  • New (3) from $3.47   
  • Used (8) from $1.99   


Nanotechnology, the science of molecular engineering at the atomic scale, has captured the popular imagination. From movies to TV series to video games, utopian fantasies and horror scenarios involving nanotechnology have become a staple of the entertainment industry. The hyperbole surrounding this new technology comes not only from the media but also from scientists who exaggerate the anticipated benefits of nanotechnology to justify research funding, as well as from environmentalists and globalization opponents, who sometimes indulge in doom-and-gloom prophecies to advance their own agendas. The result is widespread misinformation and an uninformed public.

In an effort to set the record straight, professor of communication studies David M. Berube has written this thoroughly researched, accessible overview of nanotechnology in contemporary culture. He evaluates the claims and counterclaims about nanotechnology by a broad range of interested parties including government officials and bureaucrats, industry leaders and entrepreneurs, scientists, journalists, and other persons in the media. Berube appraises programs and grand initiatives here and abroad, and he examines the environmental concerns raised by opponents, as well as the government and private responses to these concerns. With so much argumentation on both sides, it is difficult for anyone to determine what is true. Nano-Hype provides up-to-date, objective information to inform the public.

Based on over a decade of research and interviews with many of the movers and shakers in nanotechnology, this critical study will help the reader separate the realistic prospects from the hype surrounding this important cutting-edge technology.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Hold on tight! A captivating read at lightening speed that sets the record straight, dispels the fiction behind the facts, and creatively educates the novice to the history and politics of nanoscale technologies....A thorough analysis of questions and concerns raised by the unknowns associated with nanotechnology, the leaders involved with its development, and the international race to compete."

Sonia E. Miller, Founder & Global President
Converging Technologies Bar Association (CTBA)

"Dr. Berube has done an excellent job of describing who are the people and organizations behind the nanotechnology revolution. This book is a must read for anyone wishing to invest in nanotechnology or manage a nanotech company. Many years from now, when nanotechnology has permeated every aspect of our lives, Dr. Berube's book will still be referred to for telling how it all got started."
Kelly Kordzik, President of the Texas Nanotechnology Inititative
Chair of the Nanotechnology Practice Group at Winstead Sechrest & Minick P.C.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591023517
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 12/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 6.29 (w) x 9.29 (h) x 1.32 (d)

Meet the Author

David M. Berube is professor of communication studies at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, and the associate director of Nanoscience and Technology Studies at the USC NanoCenter.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Exaggeration hyperbole, and hype-steria 29
Ch. 2 Speculation and criticism about nanotechnology 49
Ch. 3 Government actors in nanotechnology 81
Ch. 4 Government initiatives in nanotechnology 123
Ch. 5 Promotional reports on nanotechnology 155
Ch. 6 Applications of nanoscience 185
Ch. 7 Nano-industry and nano-entrepreneurs 213
Ch. 8 Nongovernmental organizations and nano 245
Ch. 9 Nanohazards and nanotoxicology 275
Ch. 10 Societal and ethical implications of nanotechnology research 305
Ch. 11 A public sphere in nanoscience and technology policy making 335
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)