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.
Results 1-3 of 14
Gate knobs, probe knobs, and interlocks. Each logic rod bears a series of
protrusions termed knobs. A gate knob and a probe knob in a suitable housing
form an interlock, as shown in Figure 12.1. A gate knob on a rod in its 0 position
can be ...
system, and thus ensures greater dimensional stability and better gate knob
alignment relative to the output rods. (A small advantage in alignment stiffness
could be gained at the cost of a less regular structure by placing the alignment
Dynamics and energy dissipation in blocked rods If one or more probe knobs is
blocked by an input gate knob, no large displacement of the logic rod occurs, and
sliding interface losses are minimal. As the driver displacement increases, the ...
What people are saying - Write a review
Classical Magnitudes and Scaling Laws
Potential Energy Surfaces
25 other sections not shown