“A very fine and readable exploration of a future in which molecules are shaped into useful machines. Tends towards optimism, and helps explain why concerns that nanotechnology will melt the world into grey goo are overstated. My chemistry is college-level (albeit very good college-level : p) and I am able to follow most of the technical explanation most of the time; I suspect I could get all of them if I slowed down a bit.
I suspect no author can be right about everything all the time; I do think and hope that the author's prediction that the United States will lag behind in nanotechnology is likely to miss the mark. He compares the United States to that of France before the Industrial Revolution--France had all the leading scientists, but the Industrial Revolution ended up happening in England instead. Alas, he doesn't explore WHY the Industrial Revolution didn't happen in France. I suspect if one did a number of factors would come to the forefront, such as war (England was involved in wars too--but not in England itself), revolution, a legal, social, and economic system that tended to be more rigid than the common law. The United States shares rather few of these retarding factors, and I think we will do all right. ”
Solveig S wrote this review Wednesday, November 11, 2009.