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No Small Matter

Science on the Nanoscale

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$35.00 • £28.95 • €31.50

ISBN 9780674035669

Publication Date: 11/09/2009

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192 pages

100 color illustrations

Belknap Press

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  • Introduction
  • Small
    • 1. Santa Maria
    • 2. Feeling Is Seeing
    • 3. Quantum Cascades
    • 4. Water
    • 5. Single Molecules
    • 6. Cracks
    • 7. Nanotubes
  • Alice in Wonderland
    • 8. Vibrating Viola String
    • 9. Prism and Diffraction
    • 10. Duality
    • 11. Interference
    • 12. Quantum Apple
    • 13. Molecular Dominoes
    • 14. The Cell in Silhouette
    • 15. Laminar Flow
    • 16. The Wet Fantastic
    • 17. Fingers
  • Life
    • 18. Soap Bubbles
    • 19. The Cell as Circus
    • 20. Ribosome
    • 21. Bacterial Flagella
    • 22. Life as a Jigsaw Puzzle
    • 23. As the Wheel Turns
    • 24. Quantum Dots and the Cell
    • 25. Sequencing DNA
    • 26. Molecular Recognition
    • 27. Harvesting Light
    • 28. The Elegance of Simple Animals
    • 29. Antibodies
    • 30. Virus
  • Why Care?
    • 31. Writing with Light
    • 32. Eleanor Rigby
    • 33. Abacus
    • 34. Counting on Two Fingers
    • 35. Babbage’s Computing Engine
    • 36. Computers as Waterworks
    • 37. Microreactor
    • 38. Templating
    • 39. Catalyst Particles
    • 40. Christmas-Tree Mixer
    • 41. Self-Assembly
    • 42. Synthetic Nose
    • 43. Millipede
    • 44. e-paper and The Book
    • 45. Lateral-Flow Assay as Crystal Ball
    • 46. Testing Drugs in Cells
    • 47. Cooling the Fevered Brain
  • A Cheetah in the Underbrush?
    • 48. Phantoms
    • 49. Privacy and the Nest
    • 50. Soot and Health
    • 51. Robots
    • 52. Fog
    • 53. In Sickness and in Health
  • Whale or Herring?
    • 54. The Internet
    • 55. Reverse Osmosis Membrane
    • 56. Nuclear Reactions
    • 57. Flame
    • 58. Fuel Cell
    • 59. Solar Cell
    • 60. Plants and Photosynthesis
  • Coda
    • Five Not-So-Easy Pieces: Notes from the Photographer
    • Further Reading
    • Acknowledgments
    • Visual Index

Awards & Accolades

  • A 2009 Scientific American Holiday Gift Pick
  • Felice C. Frankel Is Winner of the 2009 Progress Medal, Photographic Society of America
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