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The 21st century is at the beginning of an invisible revolution. As our scientific understanding of the natural world develops, we are learning to form new materials with astonishing properties, enabling us to gain a new level of control over light, electrical and chemical energy. Fascinatingly, most of this is happening at the nano-scale as atoms and molecules much smaller than the wavelengths of visible light become increasingly accessible to us. We are gaining experience in an often counter-intuitive world where gravity is insignificant and Newtonian Laws don't always apply. Objects and materials don't behave as we expect, nothing is ever still and everything is electromagnetically ‘sticky'. New tools and new approaches are needed.
In NanoScience: Giants of the Infinitesimal, award-winning science writer Peter Forbes and sculptor Tom Grimsey explore the amazing possibilities that nanotechnology offers us, from clean harvesting solar energy and finding cost-effective methods to desalinate sea water, to the production of smart materials that alter their shape, texture or other properties when they come into contact with electric or magnetic fields. NanoScience shows the astonishing beauty of the nanoworld, the iridescence of butterfly wings or peacock feathers that is produced not by pigments but by structures invisible to the naked eye. Science looks out into deep space in wonder but our actual presence there will always be limited. We look into the heart of the atom but can only understand its structure by breaking it. Between the two ends of the spectrum is nanoscience, the fastest growing and most significant area of scientific exploration of our time.
"Lucid text and visuals combine to dazzling effect in this introduction to nanotechnology" -Nature
"This nanoworld can be astonishingly beautiful and NanoScience demonstrates this with more than 100 gorgeous images" Physics World
"…has great content" BBC Focus
"Many have tried and failed to write engaging and compelling books about nanotechnology. Forbes and Grimsey succeed because they take the reader on a tour of the highlights, and in their company it is like visiting an exquisite grotto: compelling, mysterious and extremely beautiful. If you don't come away from this book feeling intellectually exhilarated, then you need to stay in more."
Professor Mark Miodownik, author of Stuff Matters and regular contributor to BBC2's Science Club
• Reveals an exciting new world invisible to the naked eye.
• Makes some of the most important scientific innovations of the 21st century accessible to the general public.
• Author Peter Forbes was winner of the 2011 Warwick Prize for Writing.
• Author Tom Grimsey is an artist with a particular interest in malleable polymorphic structures.
Themes: Popular Science, Science and Maths
Age range: Young adult+ #NanoScience
About Peter Forbes and sculptor Tom Grimsey
Peter Forbes is a science writer with a special interest in the relationship between art and science. He reviews for the Guardian and Independent. He was editor of the Poetry Society’s Poetry Review from 1986-2002 and edited Scanning the Century: The Penguin Book of the Twentieth Century in Poetry (Viking, 1999). The Gecko’s Foot, a book on the new science of bio-inspired materials, was published by Fourth Estate in 2005. Dazzled and Deceived: Mimicry and Camouflage (Yale University Press, 2009) won the 2011 Warwick Prize for Writing. He teaches the Narrative Non-fiction short course at City University. www.pforbes.org
As a career sculptor, Tom Grimsey has been exhibiting nationally and internationally for the last 30 years. In partnership with Theo Kaccoufa he created the touring show Giants of the Infinitesimal, which exhibited at the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester (MOSI) 2011-12 and at the Magna Science Adventure Centre, Sheffield 2012-13. He was a Henry Moore Sculpture Fellow from 1990-92 and is currently a senior lecturer and Head of Sculpture at the University of Brighton.
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