Recent Advances And Issues In Molecular Nanotechnology

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Molecular nanotechnology involves the manipulation of individual atoms and molecules to produce materials and devices with very precise, predictable properties. This is the first volume to cover this new and exciting field. The book's 13 chapters feature: • The nature of nanotechnology• Differences between top-down and bottom-up research approaches• Potential benefits and threats to society from future developments in nanotechnology• Current nanotechnology research• Brief biographical sketches of key individuals• A chronology of important events• Significant documents• Careers in nanotechnology• Data and statistics, especially in relation to President Clinton's National Nanotechnology Initiative of 2000• A list of relevant organizations, research associations, corporations, and academic institutions• A list of print and nonprint resources• A glossary of commonly used terms

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Science fiction fans are perhaps the largest segment of the general public familiar with nanotechnology, which involves the manipulation of atoms and molecules to produce materials and devices of precise specifications; but everyone will one day know its name as the science matures and applications begin to manifest themselves. For interested lay people and, in particular, for students with a nascent interest in the field, this reference explains the technology in a thorough but fairly non-technical way and discusses its potential (and potential dangers). About half the book is devoted to chapters presenting profiles of important people, a chronology, relevant documents and statements from scientists and policy makers, organizations, resources (print and non-print), and a glossary. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573563079
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/30/2002
  • Series: ABC-CLIO Frontiers of Science Series
  • Pages: 318
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

DAVID E. NEWTON is an independent author. He has written over 400 books and articles in the field of mathematics, science, social issues of science and technology, and other fields. He has taught at the high school level, was Professor of Chemistry and Physics at Salem State College for 13 years, and was also Adjunct Professor at the University of San Francisco for 10 years.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Molecular Nanotechnology Today 3
Ch. 2 The Promise and Threat of Nanotechnology 25
Ch. 3 Recent Advances 33
Ch. 4 Biographical Sketches 84
Ch. 5 Chronology 107
Ch. 6 Documents 121
Ch. 7 Career Information 176
Ch. 8 Data and Statistics 183
Ch. 9 Organizations and Associations 186
Ch. 10 Research Organizations 195
Ch. 11 Print Resources 236
Ch. 12 Nonprint Resources 270
Ch. 13 Glossary 284
Index 297
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