- Series: Anchor Library of Science
- Paperback: 312 pages
- Publisher: Anchor; Reprint edition (October 16, 1987)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385199732
- ISBN-13: 978-0385199735
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
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Engines of Creation: The Coming Era of Nanotechnology (Anchor Library of Science) Paperback – September 16, 1987
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Nanotechnology, or molecular technology, involves the manipulation of individual atoms and molecules, something the human body already does.In Engines of Creation , Drexler attempts to predict, justify, quantify, and caution us about this important new field in engineering. His book could have been the first and foremost discussion of this fascinating subject. But Drexler strays from the topic with annoying regularity. He devotes too little space to the possibilities of nanotechnology and too much to esoteric and opinionated discussions of philosophy, politics, information science, defense, human relations, etc. Nanotechnology will indeed become a reality, and the public needs to be informed. It is therefore unfortunate that Engines of Creation was not written more clearly or directly. Kurt O. Baumgartner, International Minerals & Chemical Corp., Terre Haute, Ind.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This brilliant work heralds the new age of nanotechnology, which will give us thorough and inexpensive control of the structure of matter. Drexler examines the enormous implications of these developments for medicine, the economy, and the environment, and makes astounding yet well-founded projections for the future.
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It's also available online as a download for $1.00 from the author. The online edition also has some updates in it.
Disclaimer: As I already have a pile of evolutionistic “holy books”, this is not in any way the text for which I was seeking. Drexler – while certainly a faithful amongst the evolutionist’s religious faith – attempts to use his knowledge of computers as a platform to plug the evolutionist’s doctrine.
While certainly intended to be a prophetic work detailing future events, little if anything he suggests has occurred in the thirty odd years that have lapsed since printing. Moreover, the development of computers – as Drexler describes – can hardly be considered fulfilled prophecy, as these devices were already popping up in businesses – both small and large – as well as in private homes at the time of printing (again, thirty odd years ago).
Drexler’s text is ironic to say the least. Here we have a text penned by a guy who is attempting to foretell a revolution in the information age (See also Daniel 12:4, English Bible, King James Version, KJV, KJB, 1611, etc., penned over 2,500 years ago.), and he employs the most enfeebled system of notes of any book that I have ever seen in my fifty plus years on this sphere. Rather than footnotes – which I use extensively, or endnotes – which are a nuisance but still transfer the needed information, Drexler uses neither. He does include, however, forty pages of “notes” referencing the page to which the note refers, but while reading the text, only twice does he suggest to the reader that clarifying information is to be found at the back of his work. Apparently, one is to read the notes first, then read the text. An asterisk (*) would have been welcomed.
Then, Drexler spends roughly 30 percent of the text addressing nanotechnology, while the balance of the work addresses a variety of subjects all leading toward his planned Utopian society. Note: This is common amongst evolutionism’s faithful scribes, i.e. write/sell a book with a catchy title, but discuss anything that happens to cross your mind. And by all means “push, push, push” the faith.
Next, Drexler seems to confuse the terms “life” as in a living thing with “size” a relative term used to describe physical dimensions of a particular item under discussion. As this is a biblical review (first three words of this work) allow a clarification through the usage of the English Bible.
Colossians 1:15-17, “[Jesus Christ] Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
Therefore, let us not quibble over size. With but few exceptions – tolerated by God Himself and documented in the English Bible – God creates life regardless of the size of said life whether visible or invisible to the naked eye. Combining already living things is NOT the creation of life, as Drexler suggests.
Other flights of fancy included in the text are machines making machines (Remember how that worked out for Sarah Connor and her son John? Joke!). Inexpensive space travel and machines doing all the work while mankind – apparently – kicks back and relaxes are also highlighted in Drexler’s work. Of course poverty will be eliminated, and we will be shepherded – not ruled or judged – by a pious loving leader… who only asks for one small thing in return, “Place my mark, my children, in either your right hand or your forehead, and I will love and protect you forever.”
Revelation 13:16-18, “And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.”
Want to see something really crazy? Find a copy of the English Bible (many are accessible free on the net or buy one from Amazon), look up the above cited reference, and back up two or three verses.
Note: Please do not embarrass yourself by commenting on this review without checking the references.
Yes, I was brief and a little more sarcastic than normal, but I did spend one penny plus shipping and handling. While shipping and handling does not bother me in the least, as the book was shipped and handled at my request, I do not feel I gleaned a full US penny’s worth of information from the text.
AND I ALMOST FORGOT! As in all evolutionistic diatribes, there is no limit to space allowed to the fantasy world of evolution, yet not one drop of ink is spent in the discussion of that unique supernatural event in which inanimate dirt was turned into life. For details, see the first few Chapters of Genesis in the English Bible.