Levitating Chairs, Quantum Mirages, and the Infinite Weirdness of Programmable Atoms
By (author) Wil McCarthy
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Hacking Matter by Wil McCarthy
Book DescriptionProgrammable 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780465044290
(203mm x 127mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Basic Books
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 24-Mar-2004
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Wil McCarthy
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Driven across the galaxy by their own technology gone awry, humans seek refuge on scattered moons and asteroid belts. Now that same technology--a great ravenous bloom of biomatter--threatens to consume even those distant harbors of existence. Contains exclusive author interview.
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Author Biography - Wil McCarthy
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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