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Originally published in 1986, K. Eric Drexler's Engines of Creation laid the theoretical foundation for the modern field of nanotechnology and articulated the amazing possibilities and dangers associated with engineering at the molecular scale. Unique for both its style and substance, the book is today recognized as the seminal work in nanotechnology and has earned Drexler the title of "Father of Nanotechnology."

WOWIO Partners with 'Father of Nanotechnology' to Republish Seminal Work as Free Ebook

YORK, PA | Posted on February 9th, 2007

Ray Kurzweil, inventor and author of several books including Singularity is Near, When Humans Transcend Biology, says, "Some seminal works stand out like beacons in the history of science. Newton's Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica and Watson and Crick's A Structure for Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid come quickly to mind. In recent decades we can add Eric Drexler's Engines of Creation which established the revolutionary new field of nanotechnology."

Twenty years later, WOWIO is pleased to announce the publication of Engines of Creation 2.0: The Coming Era of Nanotechnology - Updated and Expanded, an ebook - only version available for free to readers exclusively through WOWIO. The company employs patent-pending technology and targeted sponsorships to make high quality ebooks available on the Internet for free through its Web site.

"Like many authors concerned with issues of global importance, I have always aimed to inform a wide audience" says Dr. Drexler. "I'm pleased that WOWIO is pioneering a way to distribute books at no cost to the reader, and has chosen to offer Engines of Creation 2.0."

In addition to an updated "look and feel" for the ebook, Engines of Creation 2.0 has been expanded to include the first known lecture on nanotechnology by physicist Richard Feynman, the landmark open-letter debate between Dr. Drexler and the late nanotech pioneer and Nobel laureate Dr. Richard Smalley, analysis of the debate by Ray Kurzweil, and a number of new additions by Dr. Drexler, including his advice to aspiring nanotechnologists.

The publication of Engines of Creation 2.0 represents the first in a series of important intellectual works that WOWIO will be updating and distributing for free as ebooks. "WOWIO is dedicated to bringing the highest quality books to readers free of charge" says company CEO Dr. David Palumbo. "We are honored to partner with Dr. Drexler and other important members of the nanotechnology community to bring an update of this seminal work to the world through our platform."

Engines of Creation 2.0: The Coming Era of Nanotechnology - Updated and Expanded is available exclusively from WOWIO at and is free of charge to registered users.


WOWIO LLC, a privately owned company based in York, PA, opened on the World Wide Web in August 2006 and endeavors to dramatically expand access to important written works by eliminating the economic, geographic, and logistical barriers of readers. WOWIO is today the only source where readers can legally download high-quality copyrighted ebooks from leading publishers for free. Readers have access to a wide range of offerings, including works of classic literature, college textbooks, comic books, and popular fiction and non-fiction titles.

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