Soft Machines: Nanotechnology and Life / Edition 1

Soft Machines: Nanotechnology and Life / Edition 1

by Richard A. L. Jones
     
 

Now that it is possible to devise tiny, nanoscale machines and engines, says Jones (physics and astronomy, U. of Sheffield), the fundamental question is whether to try to duplicate on a smaller scale the principles that have been successful for engineering achievements on a human scale, or to try to copy the way biology works. He begins by looking at the nanoscale… See more details below

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Now that it is possible to devise tiny, nanoscale machines and engines, says Jones (physics and astronomy, U. of Sheffield), the fundamental question is whether to try to duplicate on a smaller scale the principles that have been successful for engineering achievements on a human scale, or to try to copy the way biology works. He begins by looking at the nanoscale world where the laws of physics operate in unfamiliar and surprising ways; and exploring how cell biology operates and how the design choices that evolution has produced are constrained by the peculiarities of physics at the nanoscale. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199226627
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/09/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
228
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.50(d)

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Table of Contents

1Fantastic voyages1
2Looking at the nanoworld15
3Nanofabrication38
4The Brownian universe : physics at the nanoscale54
5Making soft machines88
6Machines and mechanisms126
7Wetware : chemical computing from bacteria to brains168
8Single-molecule electronics186
9Our nanotechnological future212

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