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I'll be working on separating these books out into general and technical books soon, plus adding a link to make it easy to buy the book. If possible, I may be adding a picture of the book cover also.

Engines of Creation: The Coming Era of Nanotechnology <Purchase>
by K. Eric Drexler (Anchor, 1986)
ISBN: 0-385-19972-2
This book was the definition of the original charter of sci.nanotech. Popularly written, it introduces assemblers, and discusses the various social and technical implications nanotechnology might have [1]. Available in Britain from Fourth Estate, and in Japan from Personal Media (under the title Machines That Create: Nanotechnology) [3].

Unbounding the Future: The Nanotechnology Revolution <Purchase> (this book is out of print)
by K. Eric Drexler, Chris Peterson, and Gayle Pergamit (Morrow, 1991)
ISBN: 0-688-12573-5
Essentially an update of Engines, with a better low-level description of how nanomachines might work, and less speculation on space travel, cryonics, etc [1].

Nanosystems: Molecular Machinery, Manufacturing, and Computation <Purchase>
by K. Eric Drexler (Wiley, 1992)
ISBN: 0-471-57518-6
This is the technical book that grew out of Drexler's PhD thesis. It is a real tour de force that provides a *substantial* theoretical background for nanotech ideas [1]. For a more complete analysis of Nanosystems, there is a page at Ralph Merkle's nanotechnology site with a large amount of information about it, including its table of contents.

Prospects in Nanotechnology: Toward Molecular Manufacturing <Purchase>
edited by Markus Krummenacker and James Lewis (Wiley, 1995)
ISBN: 0-471-30914-1
This covers the First Foresight General Conference. It contains many of the papers presented (generally, the more technical ones), and offers a compelling look at the current status of many enabling technologies and a future shaped by nanotechnology.

Nano: The Emerging Science of Nanotechnology <Purchase>
by Ed Regis (Little, Brown 1995)
ISBN: 0-316-73852-2
This describes the researchers involved in nanotechnology, and the reactions of different members of the scientific community to the concept.

Nanomedicine Volume I: Basic Capabilities <Purchase>
by Robert A. Freitas Jr.
Publisher: Landes Biosciences
ISBN: 1-57059-645-X
This is a technical book on the converging areas between nanotechnology and medicine. Nanomedicine may be defined as the monitoring, repair, construction and control of human biological systems at the molecular level, using engineered nanodevices and nanostructures [5]. Note: You can purchase the book from the publisher's web site if you prefer.

Hypertext Publishing and the Evolution of Knowledge
by K. Eric Drexler
This is an early paper about hypertext. It's not specifically about nanotechnology. Instead, it deals with how knowledge can be distributed and discussed using electronic publication.

1. Overview of Nanotechnology
2. Ralph Merkle's Nanotechnology Web Site
3. Unbounding the Future
4. Nanotechnology Magazine Web Site
5. Foresight Institute Web Site

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