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The nanotechnology book for your coffee table

Finally, some decent swag for us here at Nanodot: We have received a review copy of the Italian book Blow-up: Images from the Nanoworld mentioned here earlier. It lives up to its advertising, being a beautiful collection of nanoscale (and microscale) images by Lucia Covi, including AFM tips, nanodevices, quantum dots, nanowires, DNA, nanotubes, and so on. Text is in English and Italian, and includes material from Nobel winner Roald Hoffmann and Elisa Molinari. Hoffmann writes:

So why do some of these images seem “real,” and some “other-worldly”? The mind is a complex bioprocessor that takes one piece of a visual image and compares it with another, as well as with fragmentary similar images stored in the brain, or their abstractions.

Unattributed text on self-assembly:

The structures are usually much less costly than those obtained via top-down processes: here, however, the next challenge is to induce self-organization not only of individual nanostructures but also of complex connections and architectures.

Quite right. You’ll enjoy these images, and they should be useful in communicating at least some of your nanotech excitement to your nontechnical friends and relatives. While you’re waiting for the book, here is an adaptation of Hoffmann’s essay at American Scientist Online, and another version (pdf) based on the same ideas, published in the paper magazine American Scientist. —Christine

One Response to “The nanotechnology book for your coffee table”

  1. Ted Stalets Says:

    What wonderful pictures of our “little world” around us.

    I have been fascinated with nanotechnology ever since I started reading about it several years ago, and have over the years added nanotech dot coms to my extensive portfolio of emerging technology domains at my main portal – Domain Nesteggs.

    I’m definitely going to get this coffee table book – the pictures are awesome.

    All the best!

    Ted Stalets
    http://www.DomainNesteggs.com

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