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February 19, 2007


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You can read it hear without having to sign up.


Thanks for the link Mike, but that seems to be the 1991 edition. I'd like to read the new content of the 20th anniversary edition, without going through that annoying registration process.


Is this ever doing to be available anywhere other than wowio.com ?


Ray Phoenix

I don't mind registering, but I would like a Family/Friends invitation rather than giving them my credit card info. Does anybody have one they would send me?

Michael H

It is somewhat annoying that 90% of the worlds population is unable to read the new version of the book due to the sites US-only policy. At the very least they could of opened membership up to students/staff at overseas universities.

Mike Treder, CRN

Re the question of whether this new version of the book will be available anywhere in hard copy, I checked with Eric Drexler and he said, "No, this is a web exclusive."

Will Stevens

I'd really like to read the updated edition of this book. I don't live in the US. Is the book available online anywhere that allows access to non-US people?

Mike Treder, CRN

Michael and Will -- I've inquired with the publisher to find out if they have any plans to make the e-book available to non-US residents. I'll let you know what they say.


Thanks for the link Mike. It was well worth the sign-up time. I downloaded EoC, Art of War & The Prince. My biz trip is covered!
Regarding the overseas lack of access, could it simply be that there may be some concern about abuse of the data? There are a lot of comments pointing to this in the sign-up process...to the point where my electronic copy has my name as the licensed owner of the document. Of course if it is free, then why the attempt to "control" the info?

Anyway, thanks again!


The cover is certainly nicer, as always with such images the question of, "What am I looking at?" arises. So, what am I looking at?

Ummer Ameen


I am a student from South India.

Can any one help me by sending ENGINES OF CREATION ebook to my mail address
[email protected].

Thank you in advance


I think the reason for no non-US accounts is based on their business model: Their publishers generally are not interested in advertising outside the US.

However, I *am* in the US and so far have not been able to download the book because they are "verifying my domain" or something. What does that mean? They don't explain, nor have I gotten any email notifications. Surely this can't be a purely manual process?

So far I am less than impressed with the WOWIO site -- which could be great if well-implemented, since advertising-supported books are a nice idea.

If anyone has the ebook to send/post, I can be contacted at james at ryley dot com.


Update: I now have the book and have skimmed through it. It's disappointing. Maybe I am not the intended reader, but I read the first version of the book, and have since read more technical information about nanotech. I was expecting it to be a more advanced treatment than the first book. I was expecting a state of the art review, perhaps with detailed theoretical analysis of various possible implementations of nanotech. I don't know why I was expecting that other than that seems to me to be where the industry is now -- lot's of potential to discuss computer models, roadmaps to molecular assembly, etc., while not so much need IMHO to discuss "Is this possible?" As far as I am concerned, we are beyong the "Is this possible?" stage, and I would think that people reading this book would generally concur. But, the book spends a lot of time justify the author's view of why nanotech is possible, and spends hundreds of pages on very superficial explanations of a wide range of topics related to nanotech, with nitty-gritty details on essentially nothing. If you are new to the topic and without a scientific background, this book might be ok for you. If you have read the first book, or already know much about the topic, this is not going to be of much use to you.


Well, James, I can only suggest Nanosystems for a more technical work by Drexler.

For something more recent, I've been waiting for "Diamond Surfaces and Diamond Mechanosynthesis" by Merkle and Freitas to be published. Not that I would understand it all, but it would be interesting to see the fruit of all the quantum chemistry analysis that has been alluded to in this quote by Freitas:

"So far we've defined a total of 53 reaction sequences incorporating 252 reaction steps with 1,192 individual DFT-based reaction energies reported. (These reaction sequences range in length from 1-13 reaction steps (typically 4) with 0-10 possible pathological side reactions or rearrangements (typically 3) reported per reaction.) The reactions have been laid out in tables and systematized."

This sounds very interesting; I can't wait to see the results, and perhaps, the even more interesting reactions from the chemistry side of the nanotechnology community. Hopefully, the above book will come out shortly after they have published their work in the "Journal of Computational and Theoretical Nanoscience."

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