Hacking Matter: Levitating Chairs, Quantum Mirages, And The Infinite Weirdness Of Programmable Atoms

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Basic Books, Aug 1, 2008 - Computers - 240 pages
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Programmable matter is probably not the next technological revolution, nor even perhaps the one after that. But it's coming, and when it does, it will change our lives as much as any invention ever has. Imagine being able to program matter itself-to change it, with the click of a cursor, from hard to soft, from paper to stone, from fluorescent to super-reflective to invisible. Supported by organizations ranging from Levi Strauss and IBM to the Defense Department, solid-state physicists in renowned laboratories are working to make it a reality. In this dazzling investigation, Wil McCarthy visits the laboratories and talks with the researchers who are developing this extraordinary technology, describes how they are learning to control it, and tells us where all this will lead. The possibilities are truly astonishing.
 

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This is all about quantum dots ( which I think should be called quantum cells ) and it doesn't skip on details Read full review

Contents

Clarkes Law and the Need far Magic
4
Standing Waves
12
The Play of Light
42
Thermodynamics and the Limits of the Possible
64
Magnetism and Mechanics
92
The PointandClick Promise
116
The Programmable City
136
The Future Tense
154
ACCIDENTAL DEMIGODS?
172
POSTSCRIPT
176
REFERENCES
178
PATENT APPLICATION
188
ACRONYMS
211
INDEX
212
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Wil McCarthy is a novelist, the science columnist for the SciFi channel, and the Chief Technology Officer for Galileo Shipyards, an aerospace research corporation. Hacking Matter is an expansion of an article that appeared in Wired in October 2001. He lives in Lakewood, Colorado.

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