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January 7, 2009 Dear Class, Richard Feynman's famous 1959 paper “There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom” (http://www.its.caltech.edu/~feynman/plenty.html ) emphasizes the benefits of technology at small length scales. For some context, you may wish to read section 1.3 (pages 10 to 14) in the textbook before you read the article. Pay attention to both the benefits and the difficulties that Feynman brings up. (I like the part about the hands covered with molasses because it really illustrates how the world is essentially different at small size scales.) Note also the wide range of fields that benefit from nanotechnology. As we discussed in class, there were two prizes offered in the paper. According to Wikipedia, “[Tom] Newman claimed the [first] prize when he wrote the first page of Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities , at the required scale, on the head of a pin with a beam of electrons. The main problem he had before he could claim the prize was finding the text after he had written it; the head of the pin was a huge empty space compared with the text inscribed on it.”
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