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Understanding Nanotechnology (Science Made Accessible) Paperback – 1 May 2003

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Warner US; Reprint edition (1 May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446679569
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446679565
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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* Another volume in the SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN series, this one exploring and explaining nanotechnology.

About the Author

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN is the oldest continuously published magazine in America: for all of that time it has been the leader in communications about science and technology.

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I am in the final stages of writing a short 5000 word project on nanomedicine and hoped this book would provide me with a basic understanding of the major points of nanotechnology. In the past few months I have read a lot on the topic and have an understanding up to a point but really hoped this would lay it out clearly and simply. Unfortunately it does not, the book seems to take chunks of information on different topics within the field and lay them out without really explaining or going into detail before moving on to the next 'chunk'. The images are also of poor quality. The book was published in 2002, this would matter less if it was giving the overview I hoped for but as it doesn't really work as that type of book, its age shows in a field that has so rapidly expanded in recent years.
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The book was quite interesting as it explained the practical problems of nanotechnology.
I didn't like the areas of text which had been highlighted with marker pen.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Understanding Nanotechnology" accomplishes its purpose: introducing a 'new' field ... 12 Aug. 2014
By Harry K. Youmans - Published on
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Understanding Nanotechnology" accomplishes its purpose: introducing a 'new' field of science that encompasses and enhances many disciplines: physics, chemistry, biology, and metallurgy. It is definitely written for a well informed laymen.
Although this technology is 'new' it has had vast improvements in its development since the books publication date. The basic concepts are the same but it's recent applications are numerous.
38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A collection of papers on Nanotechnologies 16 Feb. 2003
By P. PAI - Published on
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This book collects papers from good to great contributors. The technical details are reasonable for any one with engineering background. It is more of an introduction to people who are most interested in the nanotube development.
The books explains that nanotechnologies fall between the usual daily macrophysics and the quantum mechanics, and that is why it is so mysterious. However, the book, since written mostly by scientists, does not go into great details on the applications side. It provides a cautiously optimistic view of the future, but does not go into more details in painting a futuristic pictures.
5.0 out of 5 stars nanotechnology 10 Feb. 2014
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I got this for my 14 year old and grandson and he loved it. Just what he asked for. Good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lukasz WRA 110 review 21 April 2005
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Understanding Nanotechnology was a good book to read for someone

who desires to get a small introduction into the nanotechnology field. The structure of the book flows very well giving the reader a large perspective about nanotechnology, what it is about, and how it can be used. Furthermore, the wording within this book is not too technical since most of the information can be learned through high school chemistry or a semester of college chemistry. Due to the overall simplistic wording, the book allows people who don't understand too much about science other than the basics to be able to comprehend what nanotechnology is about and its many uses. The book places articles detailing the use of these nanomachines in drug delivery, genetic testing, and creating nano-scale electronics from organic molecules. The book allows the reader to slowly begin understanding how, why, and what this science intends to achieve. The book speaks about how definite and small these creations are and their possible achievements if duplicated by man. One such example is the use of proteins to create these electronics for the distribution of medication within the body at a more precise and efficient way. Furthermore, the book refers to the affects of nanotechnology within the computer world, and its possible replacement of silicon electronics. With the use of nanotechnology the pathways of those electrical signals would be more abundant and allow a faster and more efficient way of transporting information. Overall the book does a great job of showing a person with minimal science background the possible potentials of nanotechnology within the world and the basics behind this science.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Guide to Nanotechnology 4 May 2003
By Mr B R Lowe - Published on
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This book has a number of different chapters from different authors. Each author seems to have had good experience in the nanotech field, relating his experiences, overview knowledge and expectations in the future. I liked the fact that they referred to very current day progress and studies they had done in their own laboratories, giving it a very real experience. They also gave a good overview of future nanotech, and did not go overboard on radical futuristic predications, grounding their vision both on scientific limits and what exists in nature already.
Its a short book (140+ pages), and managed to read through it very quickly based on its interesting content and well written nature.
I'd recommend it for people who have great interest in nanotechnology and are making their first few steps. Possibly, read this first to get an overview and then get into the more technical books. After having read this book, already articles on nanotech news sites are making easier reading already.
This is probably not easy reading for the average person, one would have to have a basic chemistry and physics to maximize ones gain from the book. A PHD/Masters (thankfully) is not required.
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