This book talks about buckyballs, quantum dots, golden triangles, and organic light-emitting diodes. Welcome to the world of nanotechnology - the engineering of new materials and new products at the infinitesimally small, or nano, scale. Virtually every large corporation now has a nanotechnology operation. The US government is putting in serious investment. Huge promises are held out in the fields of medicine, energy, computing. But there is little public debate, no regulatory framework and little research into the health, environmental or safety implications. This book explains the fast moving world of the new technology and who controls it. It explores the potential consequences for individuals, the environment, and relations between the powers. Nanotechnology could bridge or widen the gap between rich and poor - this is the political decision that civil society must address.
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 299 g
Dimensions: 198 x 125 x 125 mm
Edition: Annotated edition
'Toby Shelley and Zed are to be applauded for bringing the importance of the subject to the attention of a radical audience. The book is both thoughtful and timely and demonstrates that no adequate appreciation of the future course of international and national societies is complete without some consideration of nanotechnology.'
John Daniels, a member of the Editorial Board of the Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation Ltd.
'The author is refreshingly self-critical, showing an awareness that the impact of nanotechnology will depend upon technical questions that have not been yet answered..'
William Sims Bainbridge, Division of Information and Intelligent Systems at the National Science Foundation, Arlington, Virginia
'The book is extensively referenced and provides a great deal of information on the potential benefits of the technology as well as the downsides. Like other major technological breakthroughs, this balance depends on who is paying the bills.' -
'A clear and even-handed account'.
The London Review Bookshop