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The Nanotech Pioneers: Where Are They Taking Us [Hardcover]

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A guide to nanotechnology covers such topics as nanotools, nanoparticles, nanoelectronics, and ethical considerations, along with profiles of a variety of nanotechnology pioneers.

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Hype, hope, or horror? A vivid look at nanotechnology, written by an insider and experienced science writer.

The variety of new products and technologies that will spin out of nanoscience is limited only by the imagination of the scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs drawn to this new field. Steve Edwards concentrates on the reader's self interest: no military gadgets, wild fantasies of horror nanobot predators and other sci-fi stuff, but presents a realistic view of how this new field of technology will affect people in the near future. He is in close contact with many pioneers in nanotechnology, and includes their backgrounds to allow readers, especially college students considering a career in the field, to better imagine themselves in such positions. However, technology does not develop in a vacuum, and this book also looks at the social, political and economic changes attendant upon the development of nanotechnology.

For the science-interested general public as well as chemists, students, lecturers, chemical organizations, materials scientists, journalists, politicians, industry, physicists, and biologists.

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Pages   244
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 6.75" Height: 9.75"
Weight:   1.4 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Mar 20, 2006
Publisher   Wiley-VCH
ISBN  3527312900  
ISBN13  9783527312900  

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More About Steven A. Edwards

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Steve A. Edwards obtained his Ph.D. in Biology from the University of California in San Diego in 1980, then spent four years as an NIH postdoctoral fellow at Salk Institute at La Jolla, as well as holding a position of assistant professor at the biochemistry department of Meharry Medical College, Nashville. Since 1994, he has been a free-lance writer and from 1997 onwards, he has been a free-lance medical technology analyst for Business Communications Company, Inc., Norwalk. From 1998 on, he has taken on several editorial positions with BCC, serving as Contributing Editor for Medical Materials Update, Managing Editor of Applied Genetics News and Drug Discover/Technology News, and as editor for Nano-Bio Convergence News, Cell Therapy News, and Biomolecular Diagnostics News. From 2002 to date, he has also been Vice President (Technologies) at Phaelixe, Inc.
He received the American Heart Association New Investigator Award (1991-1993) and the NHLBI Minority School Faculty Development Award (1992-1994).

Steven A. Edwards was born in 1951 and has an academic affiliation as follows - S. A. Edwards & Assoc., Christiana, TN, USA.

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Great history and insight  Jul 4, 2007
Nanotechnology is everyone's "in" topic, the word whispered to the graduate at the pool party. Steve Edwards is eminently qualified to take us on a delightful tour that links past, present and future in this fascinating yet poorly understood world. His career, from his graduate work in biochemistry at one of the world's leading research institutions through periods of research, teaching and consulting, has placed him in unique perspective to be our guide and to help us enjoy the journey.

The skeleton of Dr. Edwards's book is a collection of historical and biographical sketches of leaders in the conceptual and developmental world of nanotechnology. In these interesting vignettes, many of them derived from personal experience and exposure, we also gain insight into much of the development of nanoscience and nanotechnology itself. Discussions of nanoinstrumentation, nanoparticle configurations, nanoscience in nature, and applications to electronics, medicine, energy, and the emerging world of commercialization of nanoscience, each worthy of increased contemplation and study, unfold in well-placed historical and scientific contexts.

The discussions culminate in a superb presentation of ethical issues related to nanotechnology, where common concerns are laid out, where in the words of the hymn "our fears, our hopes, our aims are one, our comforts and our cares," and end with a call to a cautious but confident walk into the future.

Frequent, clear illustrations and photos add interest and understanding to the book. However, typographical and grammatical errors are also frequent. This book deserves a better editorial reading than it received.
broad, promising scope  May 28, 2007
It's a well summarised look at the breadth of the nanotech field. Commencing with speculations by Richard Feynman in 1959 about how small devices could ultimately be made. Well before Gordon Moore wrote his observations in a paper that would be the basis of Moore's Law.

Edwards goes on to describe companies and researchers currently engaged in such tasks as fabricating carbon nanotubes. Or finding novel uses for the Atomic Force Microscope, like dip pen nanolithography. Where the AFM can trace out patterns on a surface in controlled manner. Quantum dots also make an appearance. Along with the buckyball (C60) and its variants.

A very topical chapter speculates on how nanotech products might aid the production, storage or transmission of energy. Of these, perhaps the use of quantum dots in LEDs that would replace incandescent light bulbs is the low hanging fruit. While improved solar panels are another potentially vast market.
The Best History of Nanotechnology Ever Written  Apr 7, 2006
As the author of "Nanotech Fortunes" and the managing director of, I can say without fear of contradiction that Steve Edwards' book is the best history of nanotechnology ever written. In fact, it might be mis-titled. Perhaps it should be simply called "The History of Nanotechnology"?

That might make it seem "dry" and boring, but Edwards has written an intriguing, insightful, almost downright chatty and extremely personal as well as personable history BY FOCUSING ON THE KEY INDIVIDUALS and their totally incredible contributions.

The book benefits from the fact that Mr. Edwards is actually DR. EDWARDS and a trained nanoscientist in his own right.

What could be better? - a wonderful story, told by someone who is witty, writes well, is at home with an awful lot of the "true insider" perspective, CAN EXPLAIN IT SIMPLY TO FOLKS WHO CAN'T REMEMBER HIGH SCHOOL CHEMISTRY and actually knows what he's talking about!

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