- Series: Science Made Accessible
- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (December 1, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0446679569
- ISBN-13: 978-0446679565
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,306,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Although this technology is 'new' it has had vast improvements in its development since the books publication date. The basic concepts are the same but it's recent applications are numerous.
The books explains that nanotechnologies fall between the usual daily macrophysics and the quantum mechanics, and that is why it is so mysterious. However, the book, since written mostly by scientists, does not go into great details on the applications side. It provides a cautiously optimistic view of the future, but does not go into more details in painting a futuristic pictures.
who desires to get a small introduction into the nanotechnology field. The structure of the book flows very well giving the reader a large perspective about nanotechnology, what it is about, and how it can be used. Furthermore, the wording within this book is not too technical since most of the information can be learned through high school chemistry or a semester of college chemistry. Due to the overall simplistic wording, the book allows people who don't understand too much about science other than the basics to be able to comprehend what nanotechnology is about and its many uses. The book places articles detailing the use of these nanomachines in drug delivery, genetic testing, and creating nano-scale electronics from organic molecules. The book allows the reader to slowly begin understanding how, why, and what this science intends to achieve. The book speaks about how definite and small these creations are and their possible achievements if duplicated by man. One such example is the use of proteins to create these electronics for the distribution of medication within the body at a more precise and efficient way. Furthermore, the book refers to the affects of nanotechnology within the computer world, and its possible replacement of silicon electronics. With the use of nanotechnology the pathways of those electrical signals would be more abundant and allow a faster and more efficient way of transporting information. Overall the book does a great job of showing a person with minimal science background the possible potentials of nanotechnology within the world and the basics behind this science.
Its a short book (140+ pages), and managed to read through it very quickly based on its interesting content and well written nature.
I'd recommend it for people who have great interest in nanotechnology and are making their first few steps. Possibly, read this first to get an overview and then get into the more technical books. After having read this book, already articles on nanotech news sites are making easier reading already.
This is probably not easy reading for the average person, one would have to have a basic chemistry and physics to maximize ones gain from the book. A PHD/Masters (thankfully) is not required.