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Soft Machines: Nanotechnology and Life

Soft Machines: Nanotechnology and Life
Author: Richard A. L. Jones
ISBN 13: 9780199226627
ISBN 10: 199226628
Edition: 1
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 2008-02-09
Format: Paperback
Pages: 228
List Price: $27.95

Now that it is possible to devise tiny, nanoscale machines and engines, says Jones (physics and astronomy, U. of Sheffield), the fundamental question is whether to try to duplicate on a smaller scale the principles that have been successful for engineering achievements on a human scale, or to try to copy the way biology works. He begins by looking at the nanoscale world where the laws of physics operate in unfamiliar and surprising ways; and exploring how cell biology operates and how the design choices that evolution has produced are constrained by the peculiarities of physics at the nanoscale. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR