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Engines of Creation by K. Eric Drexler (Anchor 1986) discusses both the technology and its possible applications and consequences.
Unbounding the Future, by K. Eric Drexler, Chris Peterson and Gayle Pergamit (Quill 1991)
Nano! by Ed Regis (Little, Brown 1995)
Nanoelectromechanical systems face the future, Michael Roukes, PhysicsWorld Features, February 2001.
Physics and the Information Revolution, J. Birnbaum and R.S. Williams, Physics Today, January 2000, p. 38.
Foresight Debate with Scientific American, Ralph Merkle's response to the April 1996 Scientific American story Trends in nanotechnology: waiting for breakthroughs
Nanosystems: Molecular Machinery, Manufacturing, and Computation, K. Eric Drexler: 1992 standard text on nanotechnology
Quantum theory, the Church-Turing principle and the universal quantum computer, David Deutsch: Proceedings of the Royal Society of London A400 97-117, 1985.
Molecular engineering: An approach to the development of general capabilities for molecular manipulation, K. Eric Drexler: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA), Vol. 78, pp. 5275-78, 1981.
There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom, Richard Feynman (1918-1988): 1959 talk to the annual meeting of the American Physical Society at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).
Rules of Reasoning in Philosophy, Isaac Newton (1642-1727): The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy
The Foresight Institute. Motto: Preparing for future technologies. A nonprofit organization, the Foresight Institute has played a pivotal role in educating both the general public and the research community about the potential impact of nanotechnology. address: Foresight Institute, Box 61058, Palo Alto CA 94306 USA; phone: 415-324-2490; fax: 415-324-2497; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; WWW: http://www.foresight.org.
NRL (Naval Research Laboratory) has several groups pursuing various aspects of nanotechnology. The Chemistry Division (among others) pursues research in nanostructures and nanofabrication.
Ned Seeman's lab is working on nanotechnological applications of DNA, including (for example) a truncated octahedron. The Stewart platform, a well known positional device, is basically an octahedron six of whose struts can be adjusted in length. While DNA is not as stiff as might be desired for molecular robotics applications, the ability to synthesize an octahedral structure suggests that the self assembly of a simple positional device is possible.
Reversible computing is also an important issue if we are to continue improving computer performance. Molecular manufacturing will let us put a very large number of logic elements into a very small volume, so if we are to avoid creating a great deal of heat we'll need to keep the energy dissipation per logic operation very low indeed!