Nanotechnology: the Coming Revolution
in Molecular Manufacturing
Preparing for nanotechnology
Introductions to Nanotechnology
For the General Reader
- Unbounding the Future
provides a clear, nontechnical introduction to molecular manufacturing:
what it is about, what it will make possible, and what are the dangers,
as well as the opportunities, that will come with the development of nanotechnology.
The entire book, with illustrations, is now
available at this Web site. A book
review is available on the Web.
- The first chapter of Engines
of Creation presents the basic vision of nanotechnology as a
fundamental revolution in technology. The entire
book is available here.
- "Nanotechnology: From
Concept to R&D Goal" (1995) Written by Foresight Executive
Director Chris Peterson and presented here with the permission of the original
a small, small, small, small world" (1997) Written by Foresight
Board Member Ralph Merkle and published in MIT's Technology Review,
provides a general introduction to nanotechnology. The original article
is available on the Technology Review Web site. A longer
and somewhat more technical version of the article is available on Ralph
Merkle's nanotechnology Web site.
- A brief introduction to the core
concepts of molecular nanotechnology is also available on Ralph Merkle's
nanotechnology Web site.
Challenge of Nanotechnology" is an introductory talk that Eric
Drexler gave at a conference in 1989, and is available on a Web site that
contains the conference proceedings.
- Prospects in Nanotechnology presents articles from the First General Conference on Nanotechnology,
a conference held by the Foresight Institute to present the wider applications
of nanotechnology to an audience primarily of non-researchers. This book
can be bought at our online bookstore.
For the Technical Reader
association with Amazon.com--presents an online
bookstore focusing on nanotechnology and related topics.
Technical Progress towards Molecular Manufacturing
Abstracts for Conference Talks and Posters
Foresight Update "Recent Progress" columns
- Update 30: Applications, Foldamers, Enzyme Design and Analysis, Single Molecule Techniques
- Update 29: Components and Assembly Techniques, Novel Features, Protein Motors, Single Molecule Diagnostics, Single Electronics in Esprit, Abzymes
- Update 28: Advances in Parallel Techniques, Advances in Sequential Techniques, Catalytic Structures, Mechanochemistry
- Update 27: Advances in Proximal Probe Techniques, Towards Machine Phase Synthesis, Protein Design and Synthesis, DNA Technology, Fullerenes, Software
- Update 26: Supramolecular Chemistry
- Update 25: Molecular Components, Chemical Design Techniques, Modeling, Proximal Probes
- Update 24: Protein and Peptide Design, Catalytic Antibodies, A Protein/Polymer Actuator, Diagnostic Techniques, Larger Scale Components From Biological Systems, Ab Initio Calculations, Nanotube Advances, Scanning Probe Techniques, Nanometer Scale Particles
- Update 23: Scanning Tunneling Microscope Techniques, Single Electron Circuits, Biochemical Techniques, Crystal Growth, Computational Microscopy
- Update 22: Fabrication with Scanning Probes, Self-Assembled Systems, Analysis and Design Techniques, Applications, Instrumentation
- Update 21: Molecular Machinery Analysis, Molecular Motors, Protein Design and Synthesis, Organic Chemistry
- Update 20: Accessing atoms and molecules, Movies of molecules? Rotary engines in mitochondria, Peptide nanotubes
Future Applications of Nanotechnology
Medical, Space, Environmental, Military, Computers, and Business/Economics
New material on nanotechnology in preparation...
We are constructing new sections to explore in detail the major aspects
Nanotechnology on the World Wide Web
History of the Nanotechnology Idea
- Nanotechnology and its application to Medicine, Space, Computers,
Business and Economics, The Environment, National and World Security
- The basic concepts underlying the proposal for molecular manufacturing
- Progress in nanotechnology and enabling sciences and technologies
- Research and development programs in nanotechnology
- What's being said about nanotechnology
- Educational resources
- Nanotechnology on the World Wide Web
- Guided tours of nanotechnology for: students, the general public,
entrepreneurs, policy makers, scientists, and engineers
In the interim...
Please explore these sources for answers to some of the above questions
while we work on our new material.
- What is nanotechnology?
- The first journal article
published on molecular nanotechnology: "Molecular engineering: An approach
to the development of general capabilities for molecular manipulation,"
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, September 1981,
is now available at the Institute for Molecular
Manufacturing web site.
- Technical discussion group: sci.nanotech
- Nanotechnology journal
- Technical book: Nanosystems:
Molecular Machines, Manufacturing, and Computation
- The first and still the classic book on nanotechnology, Engines
of Creation: the Coming Era of Nanotechnology, is now
available in full text on the Web. It features an updated Afterword
as well as a new Introduction written especially for the Web version.
- To order a hard copy of Nanosystems, Engines of
Creation, and other nanotechnology books, fill out an order
- Molecular Modeling and other
- Molecular Manufacturing Shortcut Group for space
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