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A Matter of Scale: The Visual Representation of Nanotechnologies

Beumer, Koen (2012) A Matter of Scale: The Visual Representation of Nanotechnologies. Spontaneous Generations: A Journal for the History and Philosophy of Science, 6 (1). pp. 65-74. ISSN 1913 0465

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Abstract

Scale is central to understanding nanotechnologies. These technologies are usually described as the understanding and control of matter at the nanoscale, with one nanometer being 10^-9 meter. At this scale, some materials gain new properties that can be used in the creation of new products. These properties may contribute to economic growth and social welfare but, conversely, they may also create negative effects, such as new risks to human health and the environment. As an emerging field whose consequences are still uncertain, the meanings of nanotechnologies are hotly contested.


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Beumer, Koen
Subjects: General Issues > Technology
Depositing User: Miss Charlotte Marcotte-Toale
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2019 18:30
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2019 18:30
Item ID: 15685
Journal or Publication Title: Spontaneous Generations: A Journal for the History and Philosophy of Science
Publisher: The University of Toronto
Official URL: https://spontaneousgenerations.library.utoronto.ca...
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.4245/sponge.v6i1.16139
Subjects: General Issues > Technology
Date: 3 October 2012
Page Range: pp. 65-74
Volume: 6
Number: 1
ISSN: 1913 0465
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15685

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