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Discovering the Nanoscale - D. Baird

Discovering the Nanoscale

By: D. Baird (Editor), A. Nordmann (Editor), J. Schummer (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 2004
ISBN: 9781586034672
Number Of Pages: 330

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Science and engineering, industry and politics, environmentalists and transhumanists are Discovering the Nanoscale. Policy makers are demanding explicit consideration of ethical, legal, and social aspects, and popular books are explaining the achievements and promises of nanoscience. It may therefore seem surprising that this is the first collection of studies that considers nanoscience and nanotechnologies from the critical perspective of Science and Technology Studies (STS). However, when one appreciates that such a critical perspective needs to be historically informed it often involves intimate acquaintance with the research process. Accordingly, this book on the historical, analytical, and ethical study of nanoscience and -technology has come together in a period of several years. Though it presents only first results, these results for the most part stem from sustained investigations of nanoscience and nanotechnologies and of the contexts that are shaping their development. Nanoscience and technologies are developing very quickly, and for this reason both pose a challenge to the more reflective approach commonly taken by science studies, while at the same time requiring the perspective provided by science studies scholars. Many are convinced that nothing meaningful can be said about the social and ethical implications of nanotechnologies at this early stage, but one can already see what programmatic attitudes go into nanoscale research, what metaphors are shaping it, and what conception of nature is implicit in its vision. It is also often assumed that in order to consider all aspects of nanotechnologies it is sufficient to know a bit of the science and to have some ethical intuitions. This collection of papers establishes that one also needs to appreciate nanoscale research and development in the larger context of the changing relations of science, technology, and society.

Introductionp. 1
Interdisciplinary issues in nanoscale researchp. 9
A hierarchical architecture for nano-scale science and technology : taking stock of the claims about science made by advocates of NBIC convergencep. 21
Unbounded technologies : working through the technological reductionism of nanotechnologyp. 35
Molecular disjunctions : staking claims at the nanoscalep. 51
Societal dimensions of nanotechnology as a trading zone : results from a pilot projectp. 63
Nanoscale technology : a two-sided challenge for interpretations of quantum mechanicsp. 77
Nanoscience and the janus-faced character of simulationsp. 93
Von Neumann, self-reproduction and the constitution of nanophenomenap. 101
How probe microscopists became nanotechnologistsp. 119
Nanotechnology and the negotiation of noveltyp. 135
Probing the history of scanning tunneling microscopyp. 145
The epistemology of the very smallp. 157
Images in nanoscience / technologyp. 165
The rhetoric of nanotechnologyp. 173
Nanomedicine and space : discursive orders of mediating innovationsp. 193
Shrinking the ecological footprint with nano technoscience?p. 203
Dissolution of the nature-technology dichotomy? : perspectives from an everyday understanding of nature on nanotechnologyp. 209
The end of pure science : science policy from Bayh-Dole to the NNIp. 217
Grand visions and Lilliput politics : staging the exploration of the 'endless frontier'p. 231
Deciding the future of nanotechnologies : legal perspectives on issues of democracy and technologyp. 247
The expert's role in nanoscience and technologyp. 257
Military, arms control, and security aspects of nanotechnologyp. 269
Perception of risks and nanotechnologyp. 279
Nano-ethicsp. 285
Nanoethics : assessing the nanoscale from an ethical point of viewp. 301
Bibliography of studies on nanoscience and nanotechnologyp. 311
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ISBN: 9781586034672
ISBN-10: 1586034677
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 330
Published: 2004
Publisher: IOS Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.64