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Toward a New Dimension: Exploring the Nanoscale (Hardback)
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Toward a New Dimension: Exploring the Nanoscale (Hardback)

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Hardback 240 Pages / Published: 28/08/2014
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Over the course of the last thirty years, the investigation of objects at the nano scale has rocketed. Nanoscale scientific research has not only powerfully affected the amount and orientation of knowledge, it has perhaps even more significantly redirected the ways in which much research work is carried out, changed scientists' methodology and reasoning processes, and influenced aspects of the structure of career trajectory and the functioning of scientific disciplines. This book identifies key historical moments and episodes in the birth and evolution of nanoscience, discusses the novel repertory of epistemological concerns of practitioners, and signals sociological propensities. As Galileo's telescope explored the moon's surface four hundred years ago, nano instrumentation now makes it possible to see the surface of single molecules. Moreover, practitioners are able to manipulate individual atoms and molecules at will to produce pre-designed synthetic materials, non-existent in nature. The combinatorial of heightened observational capacity and the tailoring of synthetic artificial materials exhibiting hitherto novel physical properties has widened and transformed the worlds of scientific knowledge and technical artefact. This book invites the question: to what extent does nanoscale scientific research constitute a kind of 'scientific revolution'?

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198714613
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 560 g
Dimensions: 247 x 178 x 20 mm


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This book is a very good starting point for anyone who wants to comprehend the recent explosion of work at the nano level, appreciate how a new area of science has emerged with its own unique methods and startling new understanding of the atomic world, or glimpse the possibilities of technologies for designing and controlling materials at the atomic level. ... Highly recommended. * CHOICE *
Nanoscience is one of the newest and most exciting fields of research today, but until now, no one has been able to say with rigor what is new and exciting about nanoscience. Marcovich and Shinn expertly survey the instruments, materials, epistemologies, and career paths that define this new mode of doing science. Along the way, they offer an evocative vocabulary that clarifies how nanoscientists (and 21st century scientists more generally) form alliances, construct research trajectories, and inhabit a world in which disciplines and epistemologies are continually shifting. * Cyrus C. M. Mody, Rice University *

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