- Shopping Bag ( 0 items )
Children's LiteratureFor the average reader with basic knowledge of middle school science, this "Hot Science" entry explains the phenomenal theoretical and practical applications of nanotechnology. "Deliberately designed structures that deal with minute objects in order to develop very tiny products," the definition has it. But it is clearer when you think of technology that enables the entire Library of Congress holdings to be replicated in a sugar-cube-sized object. The author reveals the cutting edge of medicine where-in tiny particles may be made to target individual bacteria or tumor cells or robot nanosubmarines could patrol the human blood stream. While much of this is theoretical at present, the field of computer science is awash in smaller and smaller microchips. Fritz does an admirable job of apt comparisons, historical perspective and future predictions without skipping a narrative beat. While readers may need to reread some explanations, it's all very clear. Illustrations are photos and speculative paintings brightly tinted, along with diagrams, inclusive picture captions, and one human picture. The last chapter ends with a tantalizing mix, describing Eric Drexler who described nanotechnology in a groundbreaking book in 1986, much of which has come to pass. The chapter also suggests how science fiction, much beloved of middle and high school students, is based on future uses of nanotechnology. While the book cries out for a not-included bibliography of these books, savvy readers will be asking the library for books by such authors as Robin Cook or Neal Stephenson's The Diamond Age. A solid resource, the book includes a glossary and index. 2003, Smart Apple Media, Ages 12 to 15.
— SusanHepler, Ph.D.