by A. S. Khan. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, 2012, 365 pp., $79.95, ISBN: 978-1-4398-5953-7


Publishing about nanotechnology has been in a growth vector over the past several years. The concept “nanotechnology” emerged in 1959, was officially named in print in 1974, was made visible by the atomic force microscopy in 1986, and nanoproducts were on the market by 1999. We have been using them ever since. However, there is one problem: we do not yet know what nanotechnology does in the human body or in our environment. A report by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 2001, “The Societal Implications of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology,” and subsequent ones have sought to widen the discussion about nanotechnology, beyond the stakeholders in manufacturing, science, and engineering, into the general population as a whole, in hopes that someone may find an answer. These social and environmental concerns...

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