- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: PublicAffairs; First Edition (US) First Printing edition (May 7, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1610391136
- ISBN-13: 978-1610391139
- Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 1.1 x 6.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 48 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #375,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Radical Abundance: How a Revolution in Nanotechnology Will Change Civilization First Edition (US) First Printing Edition
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The first half is pretty much an apologia for what Eric Drexler called "nanotechnology" in his 1986 book, "Engines of Creation." That book triggered expectations which haven't been fulfilled in thirty years. The label "nanotechnology" has been applied to methods that don't resemble those Dr Drexler described in '86, so he eschews it in favor of the less exciting "atomically precise manufacturing" or "APM." His excitement has cooled, it seems.
I was hoping for technical details and descriptions of methodology that I didn't find. What I found instead were chapters on the distinction between science and engineering, and the history of technology, written in what seems to me a defensive mood.
For those trying to get a better general understanding of NT without being overwhelmed by too much highly technical detail, then Radical Abundance is an excellent book to get started with.
Drexler's text is loaded with conceptual gems throughout the book. At least every liberal arts student should be required to read it.