Date Published: March 16, 2004
Publisher: Public Library of Science
Author(s): Michael Strong
Abstract: At the interface of biology and nanotechnology lies an area of research that aims to construct molecular-scale machines based on protein and nucleic acid.
Partial Text: In 1959 Richard Feynman delivered what many consider the first lecture on nanotechnology. This lecture, presented to the American Physical Society at the California Institute of Technology, prompted intense discussion about the possibilities, or impossibilities, of manipulating materials at the molecular level. Although at the time of his presentation, the manipulation of single molecules and single atoms seemed improbable, if not impossible, Feynman challenged his audience to consider a new field of physics, one in which individual molecules and atoms would be manipulated and controlled at the molecular level (Feynman 1960).