Nanosystems: Molecular Machinery, Manufacturing, and Computation
"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.
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Organic synthesis is a notoriously qualitative field [it is "very little dependent on
mathematical calculations," (Hendrickson, 1990)], and much of the discussion in
Sections 8.3 and 8.4, taking organic synthesis as its point of departure, ...
These subsystems find use in more complex systems, but are worthy of a
separate description. Section 11.2 describes mechanical measurement devices;
these are useful in signaling (Section 16.3.2), in mechanical logic systems (
Chapter 12), ...
~0.5 maJ per molecule delivered, using the parameters assumed in Section 13.2.
1e. This is small compared to the useful work performed in molecular
concentration (~20 maJ per molecule, Section 13.2. la): losses from entropy of
mixing are ...
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109 Dampers detents clutches and ratchets
1094 Ratchets and reversibility
10102 Differences between nanomachines and macromachines
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