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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Mechanical control of reactions typically requires that reagent moieties be bound
to extended “ handle ” structures ; control of products typically requires that they ,
too , be bound , excluding the use or production of small , freely moving species ...
The loss of entropy that occurs when a molecule is bound from solution is
comparable to the loss of entropy in freezing to a crystal ; for small organic
molecules , a typical value is 6 x 10 - 23 J / K , hence the required potential
energy of binding ...
Establishing upper vs . lower bounds Theoretical applied science , as pursued
here , sets lower bounds on the maximum possible performance ... Every existing
device sets a lower bound on what is possible : it constitutes a proof by example .
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Classical Magnitudes and Scaling Laws
Potential Energy Surfaces
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