Week 9/Nanotechnology/Joseph Racca

The universe, is infinitely large, and so does that mean that the smallest thing is infinitely small.  We can take an eraser, break it in half, break that in half, and that in half again.  We can take that and break it in half yet again, and again, and again.  I can go on and say that we can take half away every time.  Then, we get to the molecular level, and then the atomic level.

It seems as though scientists have taken advantage of this knowledge that things just keep getting smaller and smaller.  The use of nanotechnology keeps expanding, it is being used in medicine, chemistry and the environment, energy, information and communication, industry, and consumer goods.

Take this picture for example, the mechanism shown above resembles the claw of this common arcade game shown below.  But just imagine, the claw above is about 100000 times smaller than the one below.  The size of nanotechnology makes it possible to work on the microscopic level and beyond.

Imagine, if this technology could be used in art.  Art pieces could be the size of the tip of a pin.  The Mona Lisa, or such a masterpiece similar to it, can be smaller than the width of your strands of hair.  Art galleries might soon incorporate microscopes instead of wall pieces, bringing new meaning to getting “up close and personal.”

I googled nanotechnology in art and some interesting pieces came up.  For example, the piece below looks at dust particles; it is called “Infinity,” which I find appropriate because infinity goes both ways, forever outward and forever inward in space, a concept we covered in class.

In reality, nanotechnology has become a center for research for many, and might well be the answer to solving some of our problems that we face today, energy consumption and disease, just to name a couple.

In society, we take for granted the little things in life.  We look at them as everyday things when in reality, the little things in our lives make up what we see, the bigger picture, the people and objects around us, the universe we live in.  Maybe nanotechnology will help to fix that.  We now are learning to appreciate even the smallest things, so much so that we’ve reached appreciation for objects down to the molecular level.

Nanotechnology Now


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