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Comments on Nanosystems

“Nanosystems covers it all: power and strength, friction and wear, thermal noise and quantum uncertainty. This is the book for starting the next century of engineering.”

Marvin Minsky, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Toshiba Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

“With this book, Drexler has established the field of molecular nanotechnology. The detailed analyses show quantum chemists and synthetic chemists how to build upon their knowledge of bonds and molecules to develop the manufacturing systems of nanotechnology, and show physicists and engineers how to scale down their concepts of macroscopic systems to the level of molecules.”

William A. Goddard III, Charles and Mary Ferkel Professor of Chemistry, Materials Science, and Applied Physics and Director of the Materials and Process Simulation Center, California Institute of Technology.

“What the computer revolution did for manipulating data, the nanotechnology revolution will do for manipulating matter, juggling atoms like bits....This multidisciplinary synthesis opens the door to the new field of molecular manufacturing.”

Ralph C. Merkle, Member of the Research Staff, Computational Nanotechnology Project, Xerox Palo Alto Research Center.

“When I think of nanoscience and nanotechnology, I am reminded of three personalities. The first person is Richard Feynman, who described the concept of ‘building machines’ atom by atom in his talk at Caltech titled ‘There’s plenty of room at the bottom’. The second person is Eric Drexler, who wrote the book titled Nanosystems: Molecular Machinery, Manufacturing, and Computation. The third person is Prof C.N.R. Rao, who pioneered and fostered nano science research in India.”

A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, President of India (“the father of India’s missile programme”, former Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India) from Hindustan Times, 31 July 2004.

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