PHYSICAL PRINCIPLES. • Classical Magnitudes and Scaling Laws. • Potential Energy Surfaces. • Molecular Dynamics. • Positional Uncertainty. • Transitions, Errors, and Damage. • Energy Dissipation. • Mechanosynthesis. COMPONENTS AND SYSTEMS. • Nanoscale Structural Components. • Mobile Interfaces and Moving Parts. • Intermediate Subsystems. • Nanomechanical Computational Systems. • Molecular Sorting, Processing, and Assembly. • Molecular Manufacturing Systems. IMPLEMENTATION STRATEGIES. • Macromolecular Engineering. • Paths to Molecular Manufacturing. Appendices. Afterword. Symbols, Units, and Constants. Glossary. References. Index.
K. Eric Drexler published the first scientific paper on molecular nanotechnology in 1981. In addition, he taught the first course on the subject (at Stanford University) and chaired the first two conferences. He is currently President of the Foresight Institute and a Research Fellow of the Institute for Molecular Manufacturing. He wrote Nanosystems while a Visiting Scholar at the Stanford University Department of Computer Science and continues to lecture at universities and corporations in the U.S., Europe, and Japan. He received his doctoral degree in molecular nanotechnology from MIT