5 Nanotechnoscience and Complex Systems:

The Case for Nanology

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Geoffrey Hunt

Introduction: more of the same?

In this chapter I begin by pointing out an inconsistency that runs through the very idea of nanotechnology, and I broaden this in terms of the possibility of a wider study of complex systems within the context of developing responsible nanotechnoscience, a study that I call ‘nanology’.

Nanotechnologies are often presented as the culmination of the great ideas and applications that first came upon us at the turn of the 20th century and continued throughout that century: the structure of the atom, relativity, quantum mechanics, electronic engineering, the DNA double helix, molecular biology, nuclear energy, biomedical and ...

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