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California Dreaming

W. Patrick McCray

in The Visioneers: How a Group of Elite Scientists Pursued Space Colonies, Nanotechnologies, and a Limitless Future

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780691176291
eISBN:
9781400844685
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691176291.003.0007
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

This chapter considers the “existential crisis” faced by nanotechnology. A few years after nanotechnology blossomed into a global research initiative that consumed billions of government and ... More


Confirmation, Benediction, and Inquisition

W. Patrick McCray

in The Visioneers: How a Group of Elite Scientists Pursued Space Colonies, Nanotechnologies, and a Limitless Future

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780691176291
eISBN:
9781400844685
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691176291.003.0008
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

In the late 1980s, at least two different nanotechnologies emerged and then matured, sometimes in tandem but often in opposition, through the Clinton era. One was based on Drexler's vision of ... More


Nanobots and Nanotubes: Two Alternative Biomimetic Paradigms of Nanotechnology

Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent

in Genesis Redux: Essays in the History and Philosophy of Artificial Life

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226720807
eISBN:
9780226720838
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226720838.003.0011
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter argues that materials scientists working in the hot, new area of nanotechnology exhibit an approach to the project of artificial life that contrasts sharply with the traditional approach ... More


Visioneering’s Value

W. Patrick McCray

in The Visioneers: How a Group of Elite Scientists Pursued Space Colonies, Nanotechnologies, and a Limitless Future

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780691176291
eISBN:
9781400844685
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691176291.003.0009
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

This chapter argues that regardless of the reasons that compelled them, people such as Drexler and O'Neill, by combining their broad views of the future with technical skills, experience, and ... More


Visioneering Technological Futures

W. Patrick McCray

in The Visioneers: How a Group of Elite Scientists Pursued Space Colonies, Nanotechnologies, and a Limitless Future

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780691176291
eISBN:
9781400844685
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691176291.003.0001
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

This introductory chapter sets out the book's purpose, which is to explores how and why a select group of scientists and engineers developed their broad and expansive visions of how the future could ... More


The Visioneers: How a Group of Elite Scientists Pursued Space Colonies, Nanotechnologies, and a Limitless Future

W. Patrick McCray

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780691176291
eISBN:
9781400844685
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691176291.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

In 1969, Princeton physicist Gerard O'Neill began looking outward to space colonies as the new frontier for humanity's expansion. A decade later, Eric Drexler turned his attention to the molecular ... More


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