Nanotechnology: Wonder-Cure Or Major Hype?
An Introduction to Nanotechnology
Medieval philosophers, it is said, would spend days and weeks arguing about how many angels could dance on the head of a pin. Hundreds of years later, only the subject has changed. Today, futuristic philosophers and scientists spend days, weeks, and, in some cases, lifetimes, arguing How many atom-sized manufacturers can build new worlds on the head of a pin. That question is the essence of a new scientific discipline called Nanotechnology, nano being Greek for Dwarf.
As Pecovitz (1997) notes, nanotechnology conjures images that seem a little preposterous even to the most optimistic technophiles: microscopic cell-repair machines speeding through …