Nanocosm : Nanotechnology and the Big Changes Coming from the Inconceivably Small. William Illsey Atkinson. Viking.




Nanocosm : Nanotechnology and the Big Changes Coming from the Inconceivably Small Book Cover Nanocosm : Nanotechnology and the Big Changes Coming from the Inconceivably Small
William Illsey Atkinson
Viking
2003
Hardcover
306
9780670043422

Imagine how the world would change if we could control matter at the level of the atom. There would be no end to what we could create: blindingly fast quantum computers far smaller than human cells; full medical-diagnostic laboratories on the single microchip; paper-thin skis and unscratchable kitchen counters; even armour so tough that nothing could get through it.

It sounds like science fiction, but some of these innovations are on the drawing board, and one – the medical laboratory on a microchip – is on the brink of mass production. The innovations in computer technology over the past quarter century are insignificant compared to the world-shaking changes that nanotechnology will bring to human civilization.

Nanocosm is more than a tale of fantastic discovery – it’s also an engrossing, good-humoured guide to a new technology that will profoundly affect every aspect of our lives. Augmented by interviews with the CEOs, engineers, and scientists all over the world who are making nanotechnology a reality, author William Illsey Atkinson explains how and why the very, very small will soon be making a very big difference in the way we do business and the way we live.

Vancouver-based William Illsey Atkinson is a critically acclaimed science and technology writer and a frequent contributor to The Globe and Mail. As media officer for the National Research Council, Atkinson brought to light some of Canada’s biggest science stories: the space shuttle’s Canadarm, the Varennes fusion reactor, and the first synthetic human insulin gene. His previous book, Prototype: How Canadian Innovation Is Shaping the Future, was shortlisted for the National Business Book Award.