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Published: 26 May 2011

268 Pages | 42 black and white illustrations


ISBN: 9780199562138

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Giant Molecules

From nylon to nanotubes

Walter Gratzer

  • Explores how giant molecules have extraordinary properties and form the forefront of research in nanotechnology and biology
  • Full of remarkable examples of the astonishing features of giant molecules - the strength of spiders' silk, the complex twisted forms of proteins, the portnetial of carbon nanotubes
  • Probes the exciting possible applications for the future - molecular machines, nano 'bots' that deliver drugs inside the body at a steady rate, DNA computers, smart plastics
  • Includes fascinating sketches of the discoveries and the scientists, including the early stampedes for nylon stockings and Henry Ford's edible car