Hacking Matter

Author: Wil Mccarthy
Publisher: Basic Books
ISBN: 9780786723416
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Programmable matter is probably not the next technological revolution, nor even perhaps the one after that. But it's coming, and when it does, it will change our lives as much as any invention ever has. Imagine being able to program matter itself-to change it, with the click of a cursor, from hard to soft, from paper to stone, from fluorescent to super-reflective to invisible. Supported by organizations ranging from Levi Strauss and IBM to the Defense Department, solid-state physicists in renowned laboratories are working to make it a reality. In this dazzling investigation, Wil McCarthy visits the laboratories and talks with the researchers who are developing this extraordinary technology, describes how they are learning to control it, and tells us where all this will lead. The possibilities are truly astonishing.

The Quantum Revolution

Author: Kent A. Peacock
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313334481
Format: PDF, Docs
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Provides a history of one of the most powerful and successful science theories -- quantum mechanics.

Governing Future Technologies

Author: Mario Kaiser
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9789048128341
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Nanotechnology has been the subject of extensive ‘assessment hype,’ unlike any previous field of research and development. A multiplicity of stakeholders have started to analyze the implications of nanotechnology: Technology assessment institutions around the world, non-governmental organizations, think tanks, re-insurance companies, and academics from science and technology studies and applied ethics have turned their attention to this growing field’s implications. In the course of these assessment efforts, a social phenomenon has emerged – a phenomenon the editors define as assessment regime. Despite the variety of organizations, methods, and actors involved in the evaluation and regulation of emerging nanotechnologies, the assessment activities comply with an overarching scientific and political imperative: Innovations are only welcome if they are assessed against the criteria of safety, sustainability, desirability, and acceptability. So far, such deliberations and reflections have played only a subordinate role. This book argues that with the rise of the nanotechnology assessment regime, however, things have changed dramatically: Situated at the crossroads of democratizing science and technology, good governance, and the quest for sustainable innovations, the assessment regime has become constitutive for technological development. The contributions in this book explore and critically analyse nanotechnology’s assessment regime: To what extent is it constitutive for technology in general, for nanotechnology in particular? What social conditions render the regime a phenomenon sui generis? And what are its implications for science and society?

Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction Literature

Author: Brian M. Stableford
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
ISBN: 9780810849389
Format: PDF, Mobi
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This reference tracks the development of speculative fiction influenced by the advancement of science and the idea of progress from the eighteenth century to the present day. The major authors and publications of the genre and significant subgenres are covered. Additionally there are entries on fields of science and technology which have been particularly prolific in provoking such speculation. The list of acronyms and abbreviations, the chronology covering the literature from the 1700s through the present, the introductory essay, and the dictionary entries provide science fiction novices and enthusiasts as well as serious writers and critics with a wonderful foundation for understanding the realm of science fiction literature. The extensive bibliography that includes books, journals, fanzines, and websites demonstrates that science fiction literature commands a massive following.

Science in the Contemporary World

Author: Eric Gottfrid Swedin
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1851095241
Format: PDF, Kindle
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This work is a unique introductory A–Z resource detailing the scientific achievements of the contemporary world and analyzing the key scientific trends, discoveries, and personalities of the modern age. * Over 200 A–Z entries covering topics ranging from plate tectonics to the first Moon landings * More than 40 stunning photographs providing a unique pictorial chronicle of the achievements of modern science

Nanotechnology Applications and Markets

Author: Lawrence Gasman
Publisher: Artech House Publishers
ISBN: 9781596930063
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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The buzz on nanotechnology is deafening, but which industries will it really impact - and when? This professional-level book gives executives, venture capitalists, and investors the first "down to business" market analysis that separates commercial reality from hype and provides real-world tools for assessing nanotech's impact on any business or company. It spotlights the most viable R& D now taking root and what nano-enabled products will likely emerge in what industries first. Readers get a rich understanding of technical, business, and legal essentials, and a solid framework for judging nanotech without overheated expectations or overcautious pessimism.