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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These calculations cannot yield quantum interference patterns or resonances,
but give reasonably accurate descriptions of the coarse dynamical features of a
reactive collision, such as the overall distribution of scattering angles and ...
Each of these steps (save the last) requires an encounter between two reactive
groups, and each results in the transfer of some number of atoms between one
site and the other. This example suggests that cycles that prepare reagent
... sensitivity to small energies, 41 Reaction cycle, 230 Reactive encounter
mechanisms, 387 Reactive intermediates, 149 Reactive species, 212-220
Reagent(s): application of, 208, 391 highly reactive, 206 multiply-bonded
noncarbon atoms, ...
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Classical Magnitudes and Scaling Laws
Potential Energy Surfaces
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