Re: funding Nanomedicine

From: Robert Bradbury (
Date: Sun Jan 16 2000 - 01:42:40 MST

On Sat, 15 Jan 2000, Eugene Leitl wrote:

> Robert Bradbury writes:
> > The first printing of NM was 1000 copies. It would be really
> > nice to push it into its second printing within its first year.
> > For comparison purposes, Nanosystems has sold 10000+ copies in
> > the last 8 years.
> Which is just a drop in the sea. It is not exactly a roaring success.

True. But Nanosystems or Nanomedicine are not exactly lounge chair
by the pool on vacation reading (at least for most of the population).
Robert did mention at one point though that his publisher was *amazed*
that Nanosystems had sold that many copies. Apparently, after the
libraries get their copy (estimate some large fraction of the number
of institutions with engineering or medical schools...) the sales for
technical books of this nature are *very* low. So, there is enough
interest out there to get people to sit down and wrestle with something
that may be out of their field or generally over their head.

Just a reminder -- for those of you living in major metropolitan regions,
you might want to call up your local city or university library and find
out if they have *both* Nanosystems and Nanomedicine (as well as Engines
of Creation and Prospects in Nanotechnology). Educate your librarian and
let them educate others... If you need a selling point, you might say
that the Federal Government is increasing nanotechnology funding to
$500 million annually. How can people apply for grants if the libraries
don't have the background information???


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