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Reflections on the National Nanotechnology Initiative: A Dialogue
Thursday, April 3, 2014
CNS Conference Room (Girvetz 2320)
If writer Ivan Amato creates an archive of contemporary scientific innovation, historian Patrick McCray studies that archive. In fact, McCray looked to a pamphlet penned by Amato to advance the NNI – Nanotechnology: Shaping the World Atom by Atom — for source material in his book, The Visioneers: How a Group of Elite Scientists Pursued Space Colonies, Nanotechnologies, and a Limitless Future. The two will discuss how nanotechnology came to be an area of targeted national investment and, in the case of Amato, the role he played. They will also discuss the forces that mediate science and policy.