Paperback – Sep 17 2004
With Nanocosm, William Atkinson reveals a spectacular view of the immediate future of nanoscience and its applications in: medicine - drugs whose effective dose is only a few molecules and thus have minimal side effects; computing - quantum processors triggered by a single photon of light; engineering - megastructures woven from hollow nanotubes 200 times stronger than steel and countless other arenas that affect our world, redefining how we work, play, and live.
From the Author
Nanotechnology is quickly becoming a reality. In this new book, discover how nanocosms will change the way we live and why we shouldn't fear the inevitable changes to come.
With all the ethical questions that are sure to arise with the advances in nanotechnology, Nanocosm provides the information needed for a healthy public debate.
Imagine how the world would change if we could control matter at the level of the atom. There would be no end to what we could create: blindingly fast quantum computers far smaller than human cells; full medical-diagnostic laboratories on a single microchip; paper-thin skis and unscratchable kitchen counterseven armour so tough that nothing could get through it.
It sounds like science fiction, but it's fast becoming reality. Some of these innovations are on the drawing board, and one the medical laboratory on a microchipis on the brink of mass production. The innovations in computer technology over the past quarter-century are insignificant compared to the world-shaking changes that nanotechnology will bring to human civilization.
Nanocosm is more than a tale of fantastic discovery its also a guide to a new technology that will profoundly affect every aspect of our lives. Augmented by interviews with the CEOs, engineers and scientists who are making nanotechnology a reality, William Illsey Atkinson explains how and why the very, very small will soon be making a very big difference in the way we do business and the way we live.