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Nanosystems: Molecular Machinery, Manufacturing, and Computation 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0471575186
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"Devices enormously smaller than before will remodel engineering, chemistry, medicine, and computer technology. How can we understand machines that are so small? Nanosystems covers it all: power and strength, friction and wear, thermal noise and quantum uncertainty. This is the book for starting the next century of engineering." — Marvin Minsky MIT Science magazine calls Eric Drexler "Mr. Nanotechnology." For years, Drexler has stirred controversy by declaring that molecular nanotechnology will bring a sweeping technological revolution — delivering tremendous advances in miniaturization, materials, computers, and manufacturing of all kinds. Now, he’s written a detailed, top-to-bottom analysis of molecular machinery — how to design it, how to analyze it, and how to build it. Nanosystems is the first scientifically detailed description of developments that will revolutionize most of the industrial processes and products currently in use. This groundbreaking work draws on physics and chemistry to establish basic concepts and analytical tools. The book then describes nanomechanical components, devices, and systems, including parallel computers able to execute 1020 instructions per second and desktop molecular manufacturing systems able to make such products. Via chemical and biochemical techniques, proximal probe instruments, and software for computer-aided molecular design, the book charts a path from present laboratory capabilities to advanced molecular manufacturing. Bringing together physics, chemistry, mechanical engineering, and computer science, Nanosystems provides an indispensable introduction to the emerging field of molecular nanotechnology.

About the Author

K. ERIC DREXLER published the first scientific paper on molecular nanotechnology in 1981. In addition, he taught the first course on the subject (at Stanford University) and chaired the first two conferences. He is currently President of the Foresight Institute and a Research Fellow of the Institute for Molecular Manufacturing. He wrote Nanosystems while a Visiting Scholar at the Stanford University Department of Computer Science and continues to lecture at universities and corporations in the U.S., Europe, and Japan. He received his doctoral degree in molecular nanotechnology from MIT.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (October 13, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471575186
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471575184
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 1.3 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #886,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Finally we may play with the "building blocks of matter" we've been hearing so much about. Here is an instruction manual, detailing the Elements, and their Interactions, while at the same time suggesting possible Design Models for construcion.
Curious about the subject?
Start with Drexler's Engines of Creation, instead. Maybe some other collections of theoretical applications to whet your appetite. Come back to this when you begin to see a bigger picture.
Know some, want to know more?
Definately read. But be warned, it is quite techincal when it is not being necessarily vague. This is a halmark. The basis of this book was Drexler's thesis for his doctorate in Molecular Nanotechnology, the first awarded (MIT 1991, I believe).
Serious about the topic?
You already have access to a copy...or should.
You might very well be able to download significant portions from Foresight's website (it's an org.anization, not a com.mercial); but I would suggest supporting them with at least the price of the book. They seem to be committed to developing this Potential responsibly.
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An outstanding book exploring the possibilities of nanotechnology in amazing detail. Dense textbook equations and charts fill the pages, but somehow Drexler's well-written prose transitions between complex concepts and offers explanations of technical points.
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This is the book that started it all: The basic principles of practical machinery built on a molecular scale. The book assumes that you've got a working knowledge of physics, chemistry, and the requisite fields of mathematics underlying them so don't expect any hand holding beyond the introduction. If you're serious about studying nanotechnology (and if you're studying it in college, this is probably your textbook, anyway) this is the perfect place to start.
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Bought this title on the recommendation of an existing owner. Very comprehensive work, and considerably more involved that Drexler's earlier, more "general interest" publications.

For those interested in Nanotechnology, and the underlying theory / practicalities / limitations, this would be a very useful introductory to intermediate level text. Makes a good "companion" volume to Robert Freitas's Kinematic Self-Replicating Machines (which whilst not concerned solely with nanotechnology, does have a great deal in common with Drexler's book). Excellent reference list so plenty of opportunity for further directed reading for those who might wish to proceed further.

Overall, a "Very Good Buy"!!
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Thank you, Eric. As an independent nanotech developer (the next Bill Gates?), I have been helped by Drexler enormously. Be afraid, this an ENGINEERING text and NOT light reading. All the best to all my competitors. Thanks again Eric. Keep the faith.
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This book is highly technical and assumes the reader's familiarity with physics, chemistry and the like. It was worth studying. I highly recommend everyone reading this book as the subject matter is inspiring. This book describes the inner mechanics of our (hopefully not too distant) future.
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Very technical engineering book heavy on rigorous mathematical equations. It is written in the style of an advanced university course book for serious engineering students in a field that has yet to fully materialize. It provides a solid theoretical foundation for the fundamental principles behind nanotechnology.
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