Hacking Matter: Levitating Chairs, Quantum Mirages, and the Infinite Weirdness of Programmable Atoms
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Hacking Matter: Levitating Chairs, Quantum Mirages, and the Infinite Weirdness of Programmable Atoms

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Programmable matter is probably not the next technological revolution, nor even perhaps the one after that. But it's coming, and when it does, it will change our lives as much as any invention ever has. Imagine being able to program matter itself-to change it, with the click of a cursor, from hard to soft, from paper to stone, from fluorescent to super-reflective to invisi
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published March 19th 2003 by Basic Books (first published 2003)
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Julia
I genuinely enjoyed reading Hacking Matter. The language was complicated, but attempting to decipher McCarthy’s meaning was a challenge I relished. Reading his vision for the future, one of glowing cities and homes that are electrically self-sufficient, renewed my interest in physics and engineering. I became excited about the future again. I also appreciated the tone McCarthy used when discussing quantum dots. Using phrases like, “Their finding: much weirdness,” and “Alchemist Roger Bacon, in h...more
Michael Hall
A good introduction to the possible future applications of programmable matter and quantum physics applied to technology in general for those who might have heard of such things before. It makes for an interesting read but the non-physics and/or computer minded need not bother.
David
This is heady stuff, but the science may fly over the heads of many (myself included) at least part of the time. A knowledge of physics and electronics is helpful. This is not nanotechnology he's writing about, which funcions on a mechanical model, this is quantum dot technology, which attempts to harness the mind-warping physics of Eistein and beyond. Short book, imaginative and informative.
Jef
Well, can you say pretty paint. That's what the quantum dots have been used for, mostly in biological dies. I can't find any further evidence of the wellstone of quantum technology. Though I find the research aspects of the quantum wells fascinating.

Paul
The technology described in this book is super cool, creating materials using silicon chips. Who knows if this will ever come to fruition, but if it did we could have super-efficient solar cells and highly energy efficient buildings and homes.
Deanna Knippling
Fun stuff. I think the book did a good job of explaining both the basic science (for those of us who don't do this on a daily basis) and the ideas behind the quantum dots.
BAKU
This is all about quantum dots ( which I think should be called quantum cells ) and it doesn't skip on details
Mike
A super well written book detailing the world of Quantum Physics.
Tom
Whew! Calls for occasional breaks for brain cell recovery.
Gary Levin
A very interesting read!
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Engineer/Novelist/Journalist/Entrepreneur Wil McCarthy is a former contributing editor for WIRED magazine and science columnist for the SyFy channel (previously SciFi channel), where his popular "Lab Notes" column ran from 1999 through 2009. A lifetime member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, he has been...more
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