Plenty of Room in the Middle: Nanoscience - The Next 50 Years

Moderators and speakers for Kavli Futures Symposium IV, held at the California Institute of Technology, January 15, 2011. Moderators and speakers for Kavli Futures Symposium IV, held at the California Institute of Technology, January 15, 2011. 

 

Kavli Futures Symposium IV

Symposium Date: January 15, 2011, California Institute of Technology, United States

JUST OVER FIFTY YEARS AGO, on December 29, 1959, future Nobel laureate Richard Feynman gave a visionary and, now, famous talk entitled "There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom." Although he didn’t intend it, Feynman's 7,000 words marked a defining moment in what would become the field of nanotechnology—long before anything "nano" appeared on the horizon.

In celebration of Feynman’s prescient vision, the Kavli Nanoscience Institute at the California Institute of Technology convened a Kavli Futures Symposium to view the present state-of-the-art in nanoscience, and envision the next 50 years to come. Titled "Plenty of Room in the Middle: Nanoscience - The Next 50 Years," for the Symposium, an assembly of pioneering scientists gathered to focus on four key topics in nanoscience: atomic-scale assembly and imaging, mesoscopic quantum coherence, the “nano/bio nexus” and nanotechnology frontiers. Co-chairing the symposium was Michael Roukes, co-director of the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience at the California Institute of Technology, and IBM scientist Donald Eigler.

Prior to the event, three participants and scientific leaders in nanoscience -- Eigler, MIT materials scientist Angela Belcher and UC Santa Barbara physicist David Awschalom -- joined in a teleconference to discuss the Symposium and Feynman’s legacy. Roukes provided additional responses in a subsequent interview. Read more.

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