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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Cross sectional diagram of a harmonic drive . One revolution of the wave
generator in the indicated direction causes the flexspline to turn in the opposite
direction with respect to the stiff circular spline , moving it by a two - tooth
increment . 11 .
( Jointed and telescoping structures for drive shafts are also feasible . ) One shaft
, ending at joint J1 , need not be flexible and is located outside the core structure .
The remaining shafts are threaded through bearing apertures in core plates ...
The drive shaft and attached drive gear rotate about their shared axis , forcing
rotation of the drive ring about the shared axis of the core plate ... The drive ring
engages several transmission gears mounted in the torsional - stiffening sleeve .
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