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The visioneers : how a group of elite scientists pursued space colonies, nanotechnologies, and a limitless future

Author: Patrick McCray
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2012.
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"In 1969, Princeton physicist Gerard O'Neill began looking outward to space colonies as the new frontier for humanity's expansion. A decade later, Eric Drexler, an MIT-trained engineer, turned his attention to the molecular world as the place where society's future needs could be met using self-replicating nanoscale machines. These modern utopians predicted that their technologies could transform society as humans  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Patrick McCray
ISBN: 9780691139838 0691139830
OCLC Number: 788266380
Awards: Winner of American Astronautical Society Eugene M. Emme Astronautical Literature Award 2012.
Description: xii, 351 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: visioneering technological futures --
Utopia or oblivion for Spaceship Earth? --
The inspiration of limits --
Building castles in the sky --
Omnificent --
Could small be beautiful? --
California dreaming --
Confirmation, benediction, and inquisition --
Visioneering's value.
Responsibility: W. Patrick McCray.

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