Readings and Other Resources
Required Books are either available at the Campus Bookstore, or
from your favorite book retailer.
Nanotechnology: A Gentle Introduction to the Next Big Idea by
Ratner and Ratner.
Prey by Michael Crichton
Other Required Readings:
All other required readings will be listed on the website. These readings are either available online, or made available through Electronic Course reserves at Rice University.
Electronic Course Reserves
Password will be handed out in class.
Alan Gross "The Social Drama of Recombinant DNA" in The Rhetoric of
Science, Cambridge, MA.: Harvard University Press, 1990.
Robert Hooke, "Of the Schematisme of Texture of Cork and of the
Cells and Pores of Some other such Frothy Bodies,"
Antony Van Leeuwenhoek, "Observations . . . Concerning Little
Harry Collins and Trevor Pinch, The Golem at Large (Introduction,
Ch. 6, Conclusion), Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press,
Harry Collins and Trevor Pinch, The Golem: What you should know
about science 2nd ed. (Introduction, Ch. 3, Ch.5 and Conclusion),
Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
Peter Galison, Image and Logic: a material culture of microphysics,
Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Use the same Password as for electronic course reserves
Mr. Bungle, None of them knew they were robots from the album
Mr. Bungle, Golem II - The Bionic Vapor Boy
Other Online Readings
Required Reading (accessible to non-science majors)
1. Colbert & Smalley, Past, present, and future of Fullerene
Nanotubes: Buckytubes. Perspectives of Fullerene Nanotechnology,
(historical review on discovery of Nanotubes and synthesis methods)
2. Daenen et al., The wondrous world of Nanotubes. TU Eindhoven,
2003 (review of synthesis methods and applications, written by a
undergraduate students as part of a class project)
3. Collins & Avouris, Nanotubes for electronics. Scientific
American, p. 62, Dec. 2000 (review and perspective on potential
applications of Carbon Nanotubes; judged their application as
superstrong materials as science fiction)
4. Baughman, Putting a new spin on Carbon Nanotubes. Science, 290,
p. 1310, Nov. 2000 (commentary and perspective on the article of
et al., published in the same issue of Science. The article demonstrates a method for making super-strong fibers of Carbon Nanotubes)
5. Goho, Nice threads, Science News, 165, p. 363 (2004)
(perspective article on progress in making macroscopic fibers of
Additional Reading (more difficult readings)
1. Vigolo et al., Macroscopic fibers and ribbons of oriented Carbon
Nanotubes. Science, 290, p. 1331, Nov. 2000 (first report of the
production of continuous strong fibers of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes)
2. Davis & Pasquali, Macroscopic fibers of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes. Nanoengineering of structural, functional and smart materials, CRC Press (in press) (review of methods for making fibers of SWNTs as of mid-2004)
1. Richard Turton, The Quantum Dot, New York, Oxford University
Press, 1995. Chapters 1 and 2.
2. A Practical Guide to Scanning Probe Microscopy by Rebecca Howland and Lisa Benatar, Park Scientific Instruments,
3. Richard Turton, The Quantum Dot, New York, Oxford University
Press, 1995. Chapters 4 and 5.
4. Richard Turton, The Quantum Dot, New York, Oxford University Press, 1995. Chapter 7.
5. William Boyd, "Wonderful Potencies? Deep structure and the
problem of monopoly in agricultural biotechnology" in Engineering
Trouble, California U. Press, 2003.
6. Peter Shorett, Paul Rabinow and Paul Billings, "The Changing
Norms of the Life Sciences" in Nature Biotechnology 21:123-125,
7. Reading: Anne Kerr, Sarah Cunningham-Burley, Amando Amos,"The new genetics and health: mobilizing lay expertise," in Public Understanding of Science 7 :41-60, 1998.
8. "Once and Future Nanomachines," by George Whitesides, Scientific American September 16th, 2001
9. Our Posthuman Future: Consequences of the Biotechnology Revolution, by Francis Fukuyama, 2002. Chps 1, 4, & 6.10.
10. Environmental Technologies at the Nanoscale" by Tina Masciangioli & Wei-Xian Zhang. Environmental Science and Technology, March 2003.
11. "The potential environmental impact of engineered nanomaterials" by Vicki Colvin, Nature Biotechnology, Oct. 2003.
12. "Nanotechnology: Looking As We Leap" by Ernie Hood, Environmental Health Perspectives, Sept. 2004.
13. "Nanotech Forum Aims to Head Off Replay of Past Blunders" by Robert Service, Science, Nov. 2004.
14. "Nanotech Group's Invitations Declined" by Rick Weiss, Washington Post, Oct. 28, 2004.
15. "How Can You Patent Genes" by Rebecca Eisenberg in Who owns life? ed. Magnus, Caplan and McGee, Prometheus, 2002
16. "Tiny Ideas Coming of Age" by Barnaby Feder, New York Times October 24th, 2004. Section 4.
Background and Optional Reading
Philosophy and Social Analysis
Further Reading: "Science in the news: a study of reporting
genomics" by Eunice Kua, Michael Reder, and Martha J. Grossel in
Public Understanding of Science 13 (2004) 309-322.
Bill Joy, Why the Future Doesn't Need Us Wired 8.04
Encyclopedias and Reference Work
Dekker Nanotechnology Encyclopedia available on the Rice Campus Network
Novels and Short Stories
Blood Music by Greg Bear
The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson
Limits of Vision be Linda Nagata
Nanotime Bart Kosko
The Nanotech Cycle by Kathleen Ann Goonan includes Mississippi
Bones of Time, Queen City Jazz, Crescent City Rhapsody, and Light Music
Magazines and Blogs
Howard Lovy's Nanobot
Additional Readings for Final Glossary Assignment
"Manufactured Nanomaterials (Fullerenes, C60) Induce Oxidative
Stress in the Brain of Juvenile Largemouth Bass" by Eva
The Differential Cytotoxicity of Water-Soluble Fullerenes.