on May 29, 2008
This is probably the worst book I've ever had to read. The authors either misses the point or misunderstands the point, systematically. Most of the examples in the early parts of the book are about the authors own research, on mass spectrometry (who cares about 5nm xenon clusters in nanotech?). It has nothing to do with tuning of functional properties in materials, witch nanotechnology is really all about. The solid state physics part is very thin, and the models used (exitons and jellium) are not especially good, and they are old. The chemistry part in this book is awful, no one will pass even basic chemistry with this degree of knowledge. The parts about characterisation is ok, but all the figures is copy-pasted from articles and is not really consistent. They don't look the same and the axises is reversed on every other figure.
The books definition is also strict to everything that is bigger than an atom, but smaller than 100nm is nanotechnology. This is used to justify i.e. why (the authors claim) that proteins and DNA is nanotechnology.
My conclusion is: If you need an introduction to nanotechnology find another book.
on March 1, 2007
Perhaps this book would suffice as a surface reference, but it should not be used as the primary text for any course. The coverage is sparse at best, and it seems unlikely that anyone who didn't already understand the topics covered could do so with this book alone.
Perhaps it serves a purpose, but it cannot be used extensively.
on April 22, 2005
I started reading this book trying to get a good initial grip on the notions and progress made in nanotechnology. This book helped me exactly as I wanted. Very clearly written it takes you through a wide range of topics and in the end one manages to form a pretty good idea about development in one area or another of this very multiform field and, more importantly, gives a sense of where to go and what to expect from a certain branch.
Overall is a good starter and a valuable guide in nanotechnology.