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FEYNMAN, Richard Phillips
There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom. An invitation to enter a new field of physics. Offprint from: Engineering and Science Magazine, February 1960
California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, 1960. THE BIRTH OF NANOTECHNOLOGY. First edition, exceptionally rare offprint, signed by Feynman, of this visionary lecture which represents the birth of nanotechnology, the field of applied science involving manipulating matter on an atomic and molecular scale: 'What I want to talk about is the problem of manipulating and controlling things on a small scale.' "Feynman was the first to outline a world of technologies that would work and build at the ultimate, atomic scale" (K. Eric Drexler). At the annual meeting of the American Physical Society in December 1959, Richard Feynman delivered an after-dinner lecture entitled 'There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom.' "The banquet speech would prove prescient. Feynman's lecture is widely accepted as spurring the field of nanotechnology, and the Nobel Prize Committee lauded it as 'visionary' when they awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry to researchers who assembled tiny motors made of molecules" (Kornei). Years before the term nanotechnology would be coined, Feynman laid out the principal problems and potentials of the field. He noted, "I will not discuss how we are going to do it, but only that it is possible in principle-in other words what is possible according to the laws of physics." Feynman considered the possibility of direct manipulation of individual atoms as a more powerful form of synthetic chemistry than those used at the time. Feynman laid out challenge after challenge: reducing the Encyclopedia Britannica to a pinhead, making an electron microscope that could see … [Click Below for Full Description]
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