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A Gentle Introduction to the Next Big Idea - Mallek AbdeRRAHMANE

A Gentle Introduction to the Next Big Idea - Mallek AbdeRRAHMANE

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Nanotechnology: A Gentle Introduction to the Next Big Idea
 By Mark Ratner, Daniel Ratner
About Prentice Hall ProfessionalTechnical Reference
With origins reaching back to the industry's first computer science publishingprogram in the 1960s, Prentice Hall Professional Technical Reference (PH PTR) hasdeveloped into the leading provider of technical books in the world today. Formallylaunched as its own imprint in 1986, our editors now publish over 200 booksannually, authored by leaders in the fields of computing, engineering, and business.Our roots are firmly planted in the soil that gave rise to the technological revolution.Our bookshelf contains many of the industry's computing and engineering classics:
Kernighan and Ritchie's C Programming Language
,
Nemeth's UNIX System Administration Handbook 
,
Horstmann's Core Java
,and
 Johnson's High-Speed Digital Design
.PH PTR acknowledges its auspicious beginnings while it looks to the future forinspiration. We continue to evolve and break new ground in publishing by today'sprofessionals with tomorrow's solutions.
Preface
This book has a straightforward aim—to acquaint you with the whole idea of nanoscience and nanotechnology. This comprises the fabrication and understandingof matter at the ultimate scale at which nature designs: the molecular scale.Nanoscience occurs at the intersection of traditional science and engineering,quantum mechanics, and the most basic processes of life itself. Nanotechnologyencompasses how we harness our knowledge of nanoscience to create materials,machines, and devices that will fundamentally change the way we live and work.Nanoscience and nanotechnology are two of the hottest fields in science, business,and the news today. This book is intended to help you understand both of them. Itshould require the investment of about six hours—a slow Sunday afternoon or anairplane trip from Boston to Los Angeles. Along the way, we hope that you will enjoythis introductory tour of nanoscience and nanotechnology and what they might meanfor our economy and for our lives.The first two chapters are devoted to the big idea of nanoscience andnanotechnology, to definitions, and to promises. Chapters 3 and 4 discuss the
 
science necessary to understand nanotechnology; you can skip these if youremember some of your high school science and mathematics. Chapter 5 is a quickgrand tour of some of the thematic areas of nanotechnology, via visits tolaboratories. Chapters 6 to 9 are the heart of the book. They deal with the topicalareas in which nanoscience and nanotechnology are concentrated: smart materials,sensors, biological structures, electronics, and optics. Chapters 10 and 11 discussbusiness applications and the relationship of nanotechnology to individuals in thesociety. The book ends with lists of sources of additional information aboutnanotechnology, venture capitalists who have expressed interest in nanotechnology,and a glossary of key nanotechnology terms. If you want to discuss nanotechnologyor find links to more resources, you can also visit the book's Web site atwww.nanotechbook.com.We are grateful to many colleagues for ideas, pictures, and inspiration, and toNancy, Stacy, and Genevieve for their editing, encouragement, and support. MarkRatner thanks his students from Ari to Emily, colleagues, referees, and fundingagents (especially DoD and NSF) for allowing him to learn something about thenanoscale. Dan Ratner wishes to thank his coworkers, especially John and theSnapdragon crew, for being the best and strongest team imaginable, and Ray for hismentoring. Thanks also to Bernard, Anne, Don, Sara, and everyone from PrenticeHall for making it possible.We enjoyed the writing and hope you enjoy the read.

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