Nanotechnology sounds like a fantasy straight out of Star Wars , but then 50 years ago so did many of the things that we take for granted today--space exploration, computer chips, organ transplants, etc. The term (``Nano'' comes from the Greek word meaning ``dwarf'') refers to ``the products and processes of molecular manufacturing, including molecular machinery.'' The idea of molecular technology was first mentioned in 1959 by Nobel Laureate Richard Feynman, but until fairly recently little was done here. The Japanese, however, forged ahead with research and have built the Nanotechnology Center. Drexler, one of the leading proponents of nanotechnology and author of the only other book on the subject, Engines of Creation ( LJ 6/1/86), offers a fascinating glimpse at this new science that will affect almost every aspect of human existence--environment, agriculture, transportation, communications, medicine, etc. Recommended for academic and public libraries.-- Eugenia C. Adams, Univ. of Houston-Downtown Lib.
Nanotechnology involves the ability to manipulate matter on a molecular level with an atom-by-atom level of precision. The authors explain in a nontechnical way what nanotechnology is, how it works, and its potential to radically alter industry, medicine, economics, military research, and the environment. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)