`Review from previous edition Having had the chance to delve... into our copy, we find it refreshing to see a book about nanotechnology that is a) readable, b) covers all the issues, c) understandable to the layman and d) written by someone who knows what they are talking about. We can't think of another example that punches all of these buttons. ' TNTlog
`Like a knowledgeable host making dinner conversation, Jones moves from topic to topic with a stream of lively banter. [...] By the end of the book, Jones's vivid descriptions and diverse examples have made me a believer. He tells us again and again to look inside cells for inspiration, for methods and for raw materials when faced with this challenging new world. Biological evolution may not have found the best possible solutions to problems of nanoscale engineering, but as Jones says at the close of the book, "I would be very surprised if we can do better." ' American Scientist, by David S. Goodsell
`Soft Machines is an informative and readable exploration of the nanoworld: length scales, energies, forces, the tools used in the exploration, the importance of Brownian motion and van der Waals (surface) forces, quantum effects and band structures, nanotubes and quantum dots, etc.' Foresight Nanotech Update
About the Author
Prof Richard A.L. Jones FRS Dept of Physics and Astronomy University of Sheffield First degree and PhD in physics from the University of Cambridge. Postdoctoral research at Cornell University Assistant Lecturer, then Lecturer in the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge. Professor of Physics at University of Sheffield 1998.