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Radical Abundance by K. Eric Drexler

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APPENDIX I

THE MOLECULAR-LEVEL PHYSICAL PRINCIPLES OF ATOMICALLY PRECISE MANUFACTURING

THIS APPENDIX OUTLINES a set of concepts and principles that are central to understanding mechanically guided, atomically precise fabrication in a technical context. It is intended to help technically inclined readers mesh potentially unfamiliar concepts with their existing knowledge of scientific disciplines and physical principles.

I urge readers with backgrounds in the molecular sciences to recall or review the molecular-dynamics-based description of nanomechanical systems outlined in Chapter 5, which describes the basis for applying classical mechanical scaling laws across a range of nanoscale mechanical devices and compares and contrasts the behavior of ...

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