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by Michel Wautelet, Philippe Dubois, Pierre Gillis, Yves Gossuin, Robert Muller, Assia Ouakssim, Alain Roch, Damien Duvivier, Johnny Robert, Fabien Monteverde, Rachel Gouttebaron, Michel Hecq, David Beljonne, Jean-Luc Brédas, Jérôme Cornil, Roberto Lazzaroni, Philippe Leclère and Michael Alexandre
preface by Jean-Marie Lehn
translated by Aboubacar Chaehoi
The Institution of Engineering and Technology, 2009
Paper: 978-0-86341-941-6 | eISBN: 978-1-84919-097-8
Library of Congress Classification T174.7.N3667 2009
Dewey Decimal Classification 620.5


How can single atoms be manipulated? Are the laws of physics still valid at the nanostructure scale? How could nanotechnologies help cure disease? What are the application fields of nanotechnologies and what ethical issues do they raise? These questions and many others are answered in this clearly presented, fascinating book.

This updated second edition puts nanotechnologies into perspective by explaining issues in health, environmental and military application domains, and discusses the technology in the context of current media and ethical debates. It also introduces the ambitious, and perhaps almost utopian, NBIC programme (Nanotechnology, Biotechnology, Information technology and Cognitive science) - an initiative that foresees the 'reunification' of science by encouraging collaboration among specialists of different scientific domains.

Intended for a wide audience, this book will interest teachers and students of science, as well as those with a general interest in how modern technologies and the sciences interact.

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