The ideas and concepts behind nanotechnology began with a talk entitled "There’s Plenty of Room at the Bottom” by physicist Richard Feynman in 1959. In his talk, Feynman described a process in which scientists would be able to manipulate and control individual atoms and molecules. Over a decade later, in his explorations of ultraprecision machining, Norio Taniguchi coined the term nanotechnology. Not until 1981, with developments in imaging microscopy, did we finally 'see' individual atoms, that modern nanotechnology began.

To get a feel for the scale of nanotechnology, consider that a centimeter is one-hundredth of a meter, a millimeter is one-thousandth, and a micrometer is one-millionth, but all of these are still huge compared to the nanoscale. A nanometer (nm) is one-billionth of a meter, smaller than the wavelength of visible light and a hundred-thousandth the width of a human hair.

As small as a nanometer is, it is still large compared to the atomic scale. An atom has a diameter of about 0.1 nm with a nucleus about 0.00001 nm. Atoms are the building blocks for all matter in our universe and at the naoscale can be quite literally manipulated to achieve phenomenal results.

Curently scientists are experimenting with substances at the nanoscale to learn more about their properties and how we might be able to take advantage of them in various applications. For example, engineers are trying to use nano-size wires to create smaller, more powerful microprocessors and researchers are looking for ways to use nanoparticles in a variety of medical applications.

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