Journal of Bioethical Inquiry

, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp 209–211 | Cite as

Allhoff, Fritz, Patrick Lin, and Daniel Moore. 2010. What is nanotechnology and why does it matter? From science to ethics

Walden, MA and Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN: 978-1-4051-7545-6. 304 pp
  • Jennifer KuzmaEmail author

What is nanotechnology and why does it matter? These are two questions examined in a recent book by two philosophers, Fritz Allhoff and Patrick Lin, and one nanotechnologist, Daniel Moore. The vast majority of the public is not prepared to answer these questions, and this book is designed to help in that regard. The first section of the book introduces readers to nanotechnology and its applications; the second reviews issues associated with risk, regulation, and fairness; and the third describes applications in several sectors and discusses their social and ethical implications. The book ends with a recap of the twelve chapters in sections I through III and a few pages of general conclusions.

Nanotechnology involves the engineering of matter at the nanoscale, approximately the size of a few atoms or molecules. It has been described as the next technological revolution, poised to change manufacturing, consumer products, electronics, medicine, health care, energy, and more. The...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Minnesota, Humphrey School of Public AffairsMinneapolisUSA

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