Engines of Creation
In this original book about the consequences of new technologies, Drexler takes the reader through exhilarating new discoveries and the promise of those around the corner. Beginning with the insight that what we can do depends on what we can build, Drexler analyzes nanotechnology, which involves the manipulation of individual atoms and molecules. He makes a plausible case for expecting technological developments in artificial intelligence and molecular engineering that will result in tiny mechanisms being controlled by microscopic powerful thinking computers. He also explains how the new alternatives could be directed toward vital human concerns -- wealth or poverty, health or sickness, peace or war. ISBN 0-385-19972-4: $17.95.
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With our present technology , we are still forced to handle atoms in unruly herds . But the laws of nature leave plenty of room for progress , and the pressures of world competition are even now pushing us forward .
We can picture atoms as beads and molecules as clumps of beads , like a child's beads linked by snaps . In fact , chemists do sometimes visualize molecules by building models from plastic beads ( some of which link in several directions ...
Parts containing only a few atoms will be lumpy , but engineers can work with lumpy parts if they have smooth bearings to support them . Conveniently enough , some bonds between atoms make fine bearings ; a part can be mounted by means ...
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Engines of Creation is a very good book to help the nonscientist get a grasp on the complexities of nano technology where we are and where we could go with it. While it breaks the information down to ... Read full review
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This is one of my favorite science non-fiction books ever. If you've enjoyed any of the nanotechnology in science fiction in the last few decades, it was probably informed in some way by Drexler's ... Read full review
Engines of Construction
The Principles of Change
Predicting and Projecting
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