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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Physicists such as Richard Feynman saw , in part , how far it would lead . Nuclear
technology started with a few atoms splitting in the laboratory under neutron
bombardment , but grew into billion - watt reactors and nuclear bombs . Leo
Turning plutonium into lead ( whether at a distance or not ) lies beyond molecular
technology for the same reason that turning lead into gold lay beyond an
alchemist ' s chemistry . Molecular forces have little effect on the atomic nucleus .
Other links will lead in all directions to related material ; links in a description of a
coral reef will lead to both texts on reef ecology and tales of hungry sharks .
When we can gratify momentary interests almost instantly , learning will become
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Great BookUser Review - nubianangel - Overstock.com
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
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