Everyone in the modern world knows what technology is. But what is nanotechnology? Taken from the Greek, nano means "one billionth part of" a whole. In modern parlance, it means very, very small. In today's world of smaller cell phones and portable computers, miniaturization is the current technology. Nanotechnology is the next step after miniaturization. In tomorrow's world, nanotechnology will be the new common technology. It will affect everyone on the planet and may change civilization as we know it.
Scientific American's UNDERSTANDING NANOTECHNOLOGY presents the cutting edge of a new technology that will find usage in medicine, space exploration, communications, manufacturing, and almost every other aspect of modern society. Imagine getting an injection of "smart" molecules that can seek out cancer cells and destroy them without harming any of the surrounding tissue. Imagine a simultaneous space launch of thousands of robotic probes, each no bigger than an insect, and each programmed to do a single task in concert with all of the others. And that's just the beginning. Nanotechnology is the future of science.
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Grand Central Publishing
November 30, 2002
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