Missing pieces: The lost history of how nanotechnology took hold in the world

by Eric Drexler on 2013/02/13

My new book, Radical Abundance, is now (at last!) nearing release. It reframes prospects for atomically precise manufacturing (APM), exploring timeless physical principles, surprising progress, and potential applications to global challenges that include economic development and climate change. Radical Abundance also looks back on the history of ideas that has shaped today’s perceptions of APM. Much of this history predates the rise of the web, however, and several key publications have been unavailable and hence effectively invisible.

To help fill this gap, I am posting PDFs of some of these lost publications. Several had a large impact, while others give an indication of how the world reacted as ideas diffused and evolved. To the best of my knowledge, this is the first time that these publications have been available online. If anyone wants to post a mirror to ensure that they stay available, I won’t complain.

Click here to read more.

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Alexander McLin February 13, 2013 at 9:06 pm UTC

Exciting to hear that your book is nearing completion. Thank you for digging up those out-of-print publications, I hadn’t seen any of them. Should be an enjoyable historical reading.

Good to see you blogging here again.

Tom February 17, 2013 at 7:38 pm UTC

went to amazon to buy the EBOOK version of your new book, could not find it??

DiamondoidNow February 18, 2013 at 1:44 am UTC

Thank you, Dr. Eric Drexler. I appreciate all of the work and time and effort you have put into educating people about molecular assembly and manufacturing.

His book is not out yet. Radical Abundance is going to be one of the best books ever written.

Eric, if you read this, please answer a nano material question I have: Is it true that once we can assemble structures with atomic-precision, we could make a piece of diamond like material that has the strength of diamond but feels to the touch and looks like metal, such as steel.


How a hard, strong material will look and feels depends on its surface properties, and (for example) a veneer of actual metal could be bonded to a non-metallic structure. — Eric

Ulisses March 12, 2013 at 3:11 pm UTC

Hi Mr Drexler, It´s wonderful, despite of i understand english

Will you translate your book in Portugues?

thank you, my other friends like your ideas

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