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Nanotechnology For Dummies [Paperback]

Earl Boysen , Nancy C. Muir , Desiree Dudley , Christine Peterson
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August 9, 2011 0470891912 978-0470891919 2
The bestselling introductory guide on nanotechnology?now revised and updated

The world of nanotechnology is ever changing and evolving; this fun and friendly guide demystifies the topic for anyone interested in how molecule-sized machines and processes affect our everyday lives. The authors begin with explaining the background of nanotechnology and then examine industries that are affected by this technology. Aiming to educate and simultaneously dispel common myths, the book explores the many nanotechnology-enabled consumer products available on the market today, ranging from socks to face lotion to jet skis to floor cleaners, to name a few.

  • Serves as a fun and friendly introduction to the fascinating topic of nanotechnology
  • Discusses the various issues involving nanotechnology in the areas of environment, medicine, defense, and others
  • Provides real-world examples of everyday nanotechnology use such as floor cleaners, flash memory drives, face lotion, computer processors, and more

Written in the accessible, humorous For Dummies style, Nanotechnology For Dummies, 2nd Edition provides an easy-to-understand overview of nanotechnology and its real-world implementation.

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"Nanotechnology may well rival the development of the transistor or telecommunications in its ultimate impact." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Author

I’m one of the authors for the book and a graduate student at Rice University in Houston, Texas - one of the academic leaders in nanotechnology. Personally, my unique background allows me to speak to a wide audience: my engineering degree has given me insight into transitioning research into practical applications; my Air Force experience has allowed me to understand the needs of our government and military (huge financial backers of university research). Now, while working in the trenches of nanotechnology, I’ve come across a disconnect between this research and the average person. How do we communicate this technology’s importance and potential applications to the business leader, venture capitalist, investor, or entrepreneur to make it widely available in every day uses?

This book does just that by identifying needs and separating science fiction from science fact – dispelling the myths and laying out realistic expectations not only in applications but timeframe as well. We identify three industries: materials, computers, and healthcare. These areas will be greatly affected by nanotechnology and advances in each will continue to feed each other. For example, future nano-scale processor fabrication methods will be used to create unique materials for healthcare applications.

Another "vision" of the authors was to "show" nanotechnology – there are over 100 line art and photos illustrating the science and applications of nanotechnology distinguishing this book from other nano books. This makes it far easier for the average high school student or even baby boomer to pick up and quickly understand this emerging technology and provide them the tools to choose either a career in the sciences or invest in a nano-company stock.

I encourage those interested in this technology, whether it is for shear interest or for business ideas, to closely read this book. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (August 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470891912
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470891919
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #246,550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great things in *very* small packages... September 22, 2005
It's *amazing* what you can find in the "For Dummies" series... :)

I've always enjoyed the Dummies series, especially when it comes to a complex subject where "I don't know what I don't know". A book that can explain the subject in simple terms gives me the mental framework on which to build my learning. This book is a perfect example... Nanotechnology For Dummies by Richard Booker and Earl Boysen.


Part 1 - Getting Small with Nanotechnology: The Hitchhiker's Guide to Nanotechnology; Nano in Your Life; Gathering the Tools of the Trade

Part 2 - Building a Better World with Nanomaterials: Nanomaterials Galore; Adding Strength with Composites

Part 3 - "Smarter" Computers! Faster Internet! Cheaper Energy!: Building a Better Digital Brain; Routing Information at the Speed of Light; Nano-fying Electronics; Getting Energy and a Cleaner Environment with Nanotech

Part 4 - Living Healthier Lives: Diagnosing Personal Health Quickly, Easily, and Pain-Free; The Fantastic Voyage into Medical Applications

Part 5 - Investing in Nanotech: Industries Going Small; Countries Investing In a Nano Future; Nanotechnology Goes to School

Part 6 - The Parts of Tens: Ten (or so) Nanotech Movers and Shakers; Further Reading on the Web and in Your Library

Glossary; Index

My prior knowledge of nanotech was pretty much restricted to the sci-fi realm, where machines build themselves and nanotech runs amok. But if asked how it all works, I'd be at a complete loss. In this Dummies title, Booker and Boysen do an excellent job in making the very, very tiny... very understandable.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A New Science Explained As Simply as Possible August 16, 2005
Sometimes I have to chuckle at the titles contained in the For Dummies series. Nanotechnology is not something that I would normally think of as being of interest to Dummies. I guess I'd best not give examples of subjects I'd think of as being suitable For Dummies.

However, that misses the point. The For Dummies series has pioneered a writing style that enables the non-informed reader to get a much better understanding of complex subjects.

Nanotechnology is a science that is only about twenty years old. I say 'about' twenty years because it really depends on just what you consider to be the start of the science.

Nanotechnology deals with things that are nano in size, say around 1/5000 the size of a red blood cell, about 1/75,000 the diameter of a human hair. At that size, all kinds of strange and wonderful things begin to happen. The technology promises to offer significant improvements in all kinds of areas from energy, health, to computers.

I can't really talk about the subject in this short review, it's too big, that's why it takes a whole book to cover.

Conclusion: Written in the For Dummies style, this is a book on Nanotechnology that makes it understandable to the average person. I'd consider it mandatory reading for anyone thinking of going into chemistry or physics for a career. My prediction (and the authors) is that this is going to be the hot science subject of the next generation. If I knew a high school student interested in science....
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I FINALLY GET IT! THANKS. August 10, 2011
This book is a great introduction to nanotechnology. I've been intrigued by the idea that nanotechnology can tackle many issues, such as curing cancer or making travel into space much easier, and now I've found a book that clearly explains how these issues, and many more, are being tackled. The authors not only show how nanotechnology is being used to address many of our problems but explains in easy to understand language the progress that has been made to date, the research programs that are making further progress and the ethical controversties around nano.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars let you imagination go quantum October 26, 2011
By Chaz
I used "NANOTECHNOLOGY FOR DUMMIES" 2nd Edition by Earl Boysen and Nancy Boysen as a quick primer for a project I was involved in. Well, it is for Dummies! It took me through the history, basics, and current applications. Great reference websites as well as further education and current careers. Under Basics think lithography with nano(10 to minus 9th power) how cool is that! Self assembly using the properties of atoms and molecules (think like magnetic fields) arranging its own alignment. Applications like your laptop display on Velcro that would stick to the back of your airline seat.
Medical Apps like insulin pump controlled by nano-sensors. My favorite part of the book was "Applications" you could just let you imagination go quantum.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good info but the writing could be better... September 7, 2011
When I saw this book, I thought it would finally satisfy my thirst for knowledge about this subject since I knew next to nothing about nanotechnology. This book has some great information of what this technology can do and some companies that are working on making our lives better through the use of these machines. The problem that I had with this book was that it repeated itself. They talk about the properties about gold (for example) a lot throughout the book, which is fine if it was different information each time. However, they mention the same properties over and over in different chapters... Sometimes I swear they must have copied and pasted the same sentences into other parts of the chapter while changing just a few words. It is almost like each chapter is its own book that has to remind you of the things discussed in the previous or the next book. It has good information but the repetition of phrases and information annoyed me...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good book for the basics
If you want a basic book to introduce you to Nanotech, this is it. I read it in its entirety on a flight from NYC to LA and never put it down... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Coffee Critic
5.0 out of 5 stars Nano for Dummies
What an amazing book. Incredibly insightful and opened my eyes to this amazing technology.

This world will never be the same again as we discover and utilise more nano... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mike A
5.0 out of 5 stars Instructive
I bought this book because I wanted to understand about nanotechnology. I would recommended it to any non-scientific individual who wanted to learn about nano-particles.
Published 9 months ago by Angeli
4.0 out of 5 stars Very useful book
This book is very well written introduction in new and exceptionally fast developing branch of science and technology. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mikhail Reynberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Simply is a good book. Useful for every body to enter nano world... It's language is also acceptable and fluent. Thanks to writer and wish to see more on this matter.
Published 12 months ago by Alex
5.0 out of 5 stars Nanotechnology For Dummies
I purchased this book to get an introduction to the topic of nanotechnology. This is my first "For Dummies" book and I quite happy with it. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Saul Reine
5.0 out of 5 stars Great overview of this applied science!
Got this book for my son's school presentation. It provided very good organization, topics and insights for where this science is heading. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Jeffrey Lovell
5.0 out of 5 stars best nano book bought
well written, easy to follow, descriptive diagrams. Highly recommend this to anyone interested in this field of study. Everything you need to knopw is in this book
Published 16 months ago by Emer O' Grady
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Introduction to the Nano-world
This book is a nice, light read on the cutting-edge world of nanotechnology. It explains how the properties of common nano-molecules in a non-technical fashion as well as their... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Jeremy A. Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars User friendly
User friendly guide to nanotech. Easy to read. Fun to read. Did get a bit repetitive at times. Overall informative.
Published 19 months ago by John
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