History of Nanotechnology

Book description

The scientific knowledge of nanoscience and nanotechnology is regarded to be a modern sciencethat evolved after Feynman’s concept was formulated in the 1950s. However, Faraday and other scientists in the 19th century showed the science behind the small and its relation to optical properties. And it is now accepted that knowledge of using nanoparticles prevailed during the medieval period as well.

This book takes the readers on a fascinating journey writing the history of nanotechnology based on the evidence of existence from the prehistoric period right up to the contemporary times.  Nature utilized nanotechnology during the origin and expansion of the universe and especially in the evolution of living beings on our planet. Early civilizations in different parts of globe fabricated and used materials without having perception of their actual size.

This unique historical view systematically evaluates the development of various applications of nanotechnology through the ages and the science behind it. Some of the issues covered include:

• How old is nanotechnology?
• Pre-historic evidence of knowledge of nanotechnology
• Nanotechnology in ancient India
• Ayurvedic Bhasma as nanomedicine 
• Mayan’s knowledge of nanotechnology
• Nanotechnology during the Roman empire and medieval period
• European knowledge in the 19th century
• Modern and contemporary history of nanotechnology

This book is compilation of existence of scientific knowledge even of the people who existed before there were schools, universities and organized teaching. The author has scoured literature dating back to Mayan … as well as historical observations

A systematic evaluation of development of various applications of nanotechnology and the science behind it is presented in this book under following headings

-How old is Nanotechnology
-Pre-historic Evidence of Knowledge of Nanotechnology
-Nanotechnology in Ancient India
-Ayurvedic Bhasma as Nanomedicine, its use prevails even today 
-Mayan’s Knowledge of Nanotechnology
-Nanotechnologists Flourished During Roman Empire and medieval period
-European Nano knowledge That Led to Faraday Understands of Gold Nanoparticles
-Contemporary History of Nanotechnology

Table of contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title page
  3. Copyright page
  4. Preface
  5. Foreword
  6. Chapter 1: How Old is Nanotechnology?
    1. 1.1 Introduction
    2. 1.2 Nano-Geosystem for Abiotic Nanoparticles Formation
    3. 1.3 Nano-Biosystem Consisting of Biotic Nanoparticles
    4. 1.4 Concluding Remarks
    5. References
  7. Chapter 2: Prehistoric Evidence of Nanotechnology
    1. 2.1 Introduction
    2. 2.2 Evolutionary Study and Theories
    3. 2.3 Prehistoric Era
    4. 2.4 What Is Nanotechnology?
    5. 2.5 Was Nature the First to Fabricate Nanomaterials?
    6. 2.6 Concluding Remarks
    7. References
  8. Chapter 3: Nanotechnology in Ancient India
    1. 3.1 Introduction
    2. 3.2 Glimpses of Remnants of Nanotechnology-Based Materials Made in Ancient India
    3. 3.3 Advancement of Nanoscale Metallurgy in Ancient India
    4. 3.4 Applications of Nanometals in Ancient India
    5. 3.5 Nanomedicine Evolved in Ancient India that Still Prevails Today
    6. 3.6 Carbon Nanoforms Used in Cosmetics in Ancient India that Still Prevail Today
    7. 3.7 Concluding Remarks
    8. References
  9. Chapter 4: Are Bhasma Nanomedicine of Ancient Times
    1. 4.1 Introduction
    2. 4.2 Bhasma: An Ancient Indian Medicine Concept also Followed by the Chinese and Egyptians
    3. 4.3 The Similarity of Bhasma Preparation to Contemporary Nanoparticle Synthesis Method
    4. 4.4 Various Medicinal Uses of Bhasma
    5. 4.5 Concluding Remarks
    6. References
  10. Chapter 5: The Maya’s Knowledge of Nanotechnology
    1. 5.1 Introduction
    2. 5.2 The Maya
    3. 5.3 The Maya Civilization
    4. 5.4 Some Characteristic Features of the Maya
    5. 5.5 Maya Blue and Maya Yellow – Ancient Nanostructured Materials
    6. 5.6 Concluding Remarks
    7. References
  11. Chapter 6: Did Nanotechnology Flourish During the Roman Empire and Medieval Periods?
    1. 6.1 Introduction
    2. 6.2 Nanotechnology During Roman Civilization
    3. 6.3 Nanotechnology During the Medieval Period of European Civilization
    4. 6.4 Conclusion
    5. References
  12. Chapter 7: European Nano Knowledge That Led to Faraday’s Understanding of Gold Nanoparticles
    1. 7.1 Introduction
    2. 7.2 Michael Faraday’s Painstaking Efforts
    3. 7.3 The Role of Gustav Mie and Richard Gans in Understanding Metal Nanoparticles
    4. 7.4 Zsigmondy’s Seed-Mediated Method
    5. 7.5 Research that Led to the Understanding of Metal Nanoparticles Optical Properties
    6. 7.6 Approaches to Fabricate Nanomaterials
    7. 7.7 Advancements in Various Fabrication Methods of Nanoparticles
    8. 7.8 Concluding Observations
    9. References
  13. Chapter 8: Contemporary History of Nanotechnology
    1. 8.1 Introduction to the Concept of Nano After 1959
    2. 8.2 Feynman’s Idea: Entry of Nanotechnology in Modern Science
    3. 8.3 Drexler’s Engines of Creation
    4. 8.4 Impetus Given by SEM, TEM and AFM
    5. 8.5 The Entry of Nano Forms of Carbon
    6. 8.6 Advancements in Various Fabrication Methods
    7. 8.7 Immeasurable Applications of Nanotechnology in All Fields of Science
    8. 8.8 Important Milestones of Nanotechnology
    9. 8.9 Summary
    10. References
  14. Index
  15. End User License Agreement

Product information

  • Title: History of Nanotechnology
  • Author(s): Madhuri Sharon
  • Release date: April 2019
  • Publisher(s): Wiley-Scrivener
  • ISBN: 9781119460084