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Instrumental Community: Probe Microscopy and the Path to Nanotechnology

Cyrus C. M. Mody

Abstract

The scanning tunnelling microscope (STM) has been hailed as the “key enabling discovery for nanotechnology,” the catalyst for a scientific field that attracts nearly USD 20 billion in funding each year. This book argues that this technology-centric view does not explain how these microscopes helped to launch nanotechnology—and fails to acknowledge the agency of the microscopists in making the STM and its variants critically important tools. It also tells the story of the invention, spread, and commercialization of scanning probe microscopy in terms of the networked structures of collaboration ... More

Keywords: STM, technology-centric view, Nobel Prize, industry applications, community model, probe microscopists, global funding, federal funding, academic patenting

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780262134941
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262134941.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cyrus C. M. Mody, author