Travels To The Nanoworld

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Our lives are about to be changed by new technologies that operate on a scale that is smaller than can be seen by the most optical microscopes. Devices inspired by living cells and measured in nanometers—billionths of a meter—are the basis of this nanotechnology revolution. In TRAVELS TO THE NANOWORLD, Miniature Machinery in Nature and Technology, Michael Gross takes us to this world to explore natural processes and new technologies that will make modern machines look like relics from the Stone Age.The living cell provides a starting point. All its vital processes, including chemical reactions, catalysis, movement, data storage and processing, and energy conversion, are directed and carried out by structures whose dimensions are on the nanometer scale. As biochemist have come to understand the mechanisms of this “nanotechnology of nature”, the chances of generating artificial systems of similar performance have grown rapidly.TRAVELS TO THE NANOWORLD provides the nonspecialist reader with an introduction into the background, current state and future prospects of this fascinating subject.We begin this journey into the nanoworld with a guided tour starting from molecules, the all-important building blocks of both biology and technology, that can form complex systems both in the cell and in the reaction tube. Complex molecules make up cells, cells make up organisms that evolve to a variety of species, including one that invented technology as we know it. Technology has returned to the small scale and has arrived at the molecular level once again.We continue this trek, the major developments and success stories in the exploration and utilization of these natural and synthetic nanoworlds. These highlights of cutting-edge research are grouped into the more biological approaches, including workings of proteins, genes, and cells, followed by the development of applications including supramolecular chemistry, small-scale technology, and biotechnology.TRAVELS TO THE NANOWORLD concludes with a discussion of present applications and future prospects for nanotechnology. The exciting revolutionary potential of nanotechnology is balanced by a cautionary note emphasiszing the need for us all to be well informed about the technological path we are heading toward.

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Imagine a world of invisible servants, nimbly trimming unsightly hairs and whipping up a strawberry mousse while you relax on your 200th birthday. Biochemist Michael Gross takes you there with Travels to the Nanoworld, an explanation and exploration of machines so tiny and complex as to rival the powers of the mightiest magician. The lively, compelling prose introduces the subject bit by bit, sharing the secrets of physics, biochemistry, and engineering with concrete examples, then moves on to current and future research possibilities. You'll visit with scientists who are cooking eggs at room temperature, creating microscopic "buckytubes" of rolled graphite, and digging into our DNA to create the next generation of computers. Gross takes the time to explain his points carefully, but this never detracts from the narrative flow; furthermore, his attention to describing processes and personalities makes the players and even the technology come alive on the page. Whether writing about nanotech guru K. Eric Drexler's unabashed cheerleading or wise guy Richard Feynman's eerie prognostication, he makes the stories so engrossing that it's easy to forget that most of the advances in Travels to the Nanoworld are yet to come. It's a great place to visit, and if we're lucky, we'll get to live there. --Rob Lightner

About the Author:

Dr. Michael Gross has studied various aspects of life under extreme conditions throughout his research career. He received his doctorate in physical biochemistry from the University of Regensburg, Germany. After seven years of research in protein biochemistry at the University of Oxford, he has recently switched to writing full time. He lives in Oxford, England, and is the author also of Travels to the Nanoworld.

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