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The New Quantum Universe, Second Edition by Patrick Walters, Tony Hey

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9 Quantum engineering

What I want to talk about is the problem of manipulating and controlling things on a small scale. . . . It is a staggeringly small world that is below. In the year 2000, when they look back at this age, they will wonder why it was not until the year 1960 that anybody began seriously to move in this direction.

Richard Feynman

Richard Feynman and nanotechnology

In 1959, in an after dinner speech at a meeting of the American Physical Society in Pasadena, Richard Feynman set out a remarkable vision of the future in a talk entitled ‘There’s plenty of room at the bottom.’ The talk was subtitled ‘an invitation to enter a new field of physics’ and marked the beginning of what is now known as ‘nanotechnology’. Nanotechnology is concerned ...

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