Note new venue and refreshments from 18:30.
From atom manipulation to nanofactories: An impossible or just an improbable dream?
Professor Philip Moriarty, University of Nottingham
The last of the Institute of Physics autumn talks will be held next Tuesday evening, 30th October, at the Hunday Manor hotel at Lillyhall, CA14 4JF. We would be delighted if you could make it to our final talk of the year. The talk will start at 7pm and last approximately 1 hour, with refreshments from 6:30.
Can we design and construct a matter compiler? Is it possible to conceive of a scheme whereby atomic/molecular building blocks can be autonomously and intelligently manipulated to form a nanoscopic, microscopic, or even macroscopic product? This is the essence of the highly controversial “molecular manufacturing” concept put forward by K. Eric Drexler in the eighties and which was originally inspired by Feynman’s musings on the ultimate limits of miniaturisation in 1959.
Phil is a Professor of Physics and an EPSRC Fellow in the School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Nottingham. He researches nanometre scale science with a particular focus on single atom/molecule manipulation. He has a keen interest in public engagement/outreach activities and science funding policy, and has interacted with national and international media including The Independent, The Guardian, Times Higher Education, BBC Radio 4, Die Zeit, and most recently The Economist on these issues.
For a taster, please see the attached flyer and/or go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHLyrc-uoIk
As usual, everyone is welcome and there is no need to book, and for further information you can reach us on WestCumbriaIoP@gmail.com