Nanosystems: Molecular Machinery, Manufacturing, and Computation / Edition 1

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Overview

"Devices enormously smaller than before will remodel engineering, chemistry, medicine, and computer technology. How can we understand machines that are so small? Nanosystems covers it all: power and strength, friction and wear, thermal noise and quantum uncertainty. This is the book for starting the next century of engineering." - Marvin Minsky

MIT Science magazine calls Eric Drexler "Mr. Nanotechnology." For years, Drexler has stirred controversy by declaring that molecular nanotechnology will bring a sweeping technological revolution - delivering tremendous advances in miniaturization, materials, computers, and manufacturing of all kinds. Now, he's written a detailed, top-to-bottom analysis of molecular machinery - how to design it, how to analyze it, and how to build it. Nanosystems is the first scientifically detailed description of developments that will revolutionize most of the industrial processes and products currently in use.

This groundbreaking work draws on physics and chemistry to establish basic concepts and analytical tools. The book then describes nanomechanical components, devices, and systems, including parallel computers able to execute 1020 instructions per second and desktop molecular manufacturing systems able to make such products. Via chemical and biochemical techniques, proximal probe instruments, and software for computer-aided molecular design, the book charts a path from present laboratory capabilities to advanced molecular manufacturing. Bringing together physics, chemistry, mechanical engineering, and computer science, Nanosystems provides an indispensable introduction to the emerging field of molecular nanotechnology.

This state-of-the-art text reveals the fundamental principles of molecular mechanics and mechanosynthesis, first using them to describe simple components, then offering a thorough analysis of several systems, including nanomechanical computers and molecular factories.

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Drexler continues here his writing on molecular nanotechnology-- begun with the first scientific paper on the subject in 1981. He attempts with some success to give the general reader an overview, with more exacting sections for students and professionals in related fields. The price is $24.95: Wiley expects high sales to yield profit on a costly job of typesetting. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471575184
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/13/1992
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 576
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Meet the Author

K. Eirc Drexler published the first scientific paper on molecular nanotechnology in 1981. In addition, he taught the first course on the subject ( at Stanford University) and chaired the first two conferences. He is currently President of the Foresight Institute and a Research Fellow of the Institute for Molecular Manufacturing. He wrote Nanosystems while a Visiting Scholar at the Stanford University Department of Computer Science and continues to lecture at universities and corporations in the U.S., Europe, and Japan. He received his doctoral degree in molecular nanotechnology from MIT.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1 Introduction and Overview 1
Pt. I Physical Principles
Ch. 2 Classical Magnitudes and Scaling Laws 23
Ch. 3 Potential Energy Surfaces 36
Ch. 4 Molecular Dynamics 71
Ch. 5 Positional Uncertainty 90
Ch. 6 Transitions, Errors, and Damage 120
Ch. 7 Energy Dissipation 161
Ch. 8 Mechanosynthesis 191
Pt. II Components and Systems
Ch. 9 Nanoscale Structural Components 253
Ch. 10 Mobile Interfaces and Moving Parts 273
Ch. 11 Intermediate Subsystems 320
Ch. 12 Nanomechanical Computational Systems 342
Ch. 13 Molecular Sorting, Processing, and Assembly 372
Ch. 14 Molecular Manufacturing Systems 411
Pt. III Implementation Strategies
Ch. 15 Macromolecular Engineering 445
Ch. 16 Paths to Molecular Manufacturing 469
Appendix A: Methodological Issues in Theoretical Applied Science 489
Appendix B: Related Research 507
Afterword 513
Symbols, Units, and Constants 514
Glossary 519
References 535
Index 547
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