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Hacking Matter
By Wil McCarthy

Hacking Matter

Levitating Chairs, Quantum Mirages, and the Infinite Weirdness of Programmable Atoms

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Hacking Matter by Wil McCarthy

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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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780465044290
ISBN-10: 0465044298
Format: Paperback
(203mm x 127mm x 18mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: Basic Books
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 24-Mar-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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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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