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A Bridge to the Future: Understanding Nanotechnology, Part 1: The Modern Scholar | [Deborah Gibbs Sauder]

A Bridge to the Future: Understanding Nanotechnology, Part 1: The Modern Scholar

Nanotechnology is radically altering the world in ways almost unimaginable in only the very recent past. With applications in arenas from medicine and science to warfare and even the world of sports, nanotechnology opens the doorway to a vast array of breathtaking possibilities. In this series of clearly articulated lectures, Professor Deborah Gibbs Sauder explores the world of nanotechnology and all its astounding applications, while also examining the ethical issues raised by the science and the impact nanotechnology is having on big business.
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Nanotechnology is radically altering the world in ways almost unimaginable in only the very recent past. With applications in arenas from medicine and science to warfare and even the world of sports, nanotechnology opens the doorway to a vast array of breathtaking possibilities. In this series of clearly articulated lectures, Professor Deborah Gibbs Sauder explores the world of nanotechnology and all its astounding applications, while also examining the ethical issues raised by the science and the impact nanotechnology is having on big business.

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©2011 Deborah Gibbs Sauder (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Victor Williamsville, NY, United States 07-27-11
    Victor Williamsville, NY, United States 07-27-11 Member Since 2003
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    "OK Content, Terrible Reading"

    This program is OK but basic. If you are already familiar with nano tech, you probably already know much of what's in this audiobook. To be fair, this is an introduction however, one chapter covers the basics of the metric system. If you don't already know about the metric system, then you have bigger problems than learning about nano tech.

    The real problem with this program is that it is read by the author. She stops in the middle of sentences for uncomfortably long periods of time and talks in the most boring monotone possible. I feel sorry for the student in her classes that have to listen to her take interesting material and hammer it flat.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    jeanvers Greensboro, NC 09-29-12
    jeanvers Greensboro, NC 09-29-12 Member Since 2009

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    "SO EXCITED NOW ABOUT NANOTECHNOLOGY & OUR FUTURE"
    What made the experience of listening to A Bridge to the Future: Understanding Nanotechnology, Part 1 the most enjoyable?

    Just so many examples of how nanotechnology is being used and how it will be used and how it can be used. AMAZING, a must read.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Bridge to the Future: Understanding Nanotechnology, Part 1?

    I guess after hearing everything nanotechnology can do when it was said that Universities are working hard to make nanotechnology programs because there will be so many jobs in this area and we need people trained. I am older and I still want to go back to school and be trained in nanotechnology!


    Which character – as performed by the narrator – was your favorite?

    This is a lecture.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES I did listen in once sitting and I have re listened to it SEVERAL TIMES< I lost count!


    Any additional comments?

    This should be required reading and have your kids listen with you, it will definitely get them excited about nanotechnology and I bet they will want to go study it. I m sure whoever does will do get very good jobs!! The earlier they start the better! So jealous of those that already know how to produce items via nanotechnology!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eyemsolomon All over the place 09-18-14
    Eyemsolomon All over the place 09-18-14 Member Since 2008

    After 15 years in Motorsport I now work in Public Broadcast.

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    "Dont Bother"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If the information provided would have been more relevant and read a bit better.


    What could Deborah Gibbs Sauder have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Gotten Someone else to read.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Completely Lifeless


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Dissapointment


    Any additional comments?

    The information in this read was pretty outdated as were many of the concepts. If you are completely uninitiated in the field then its an ok start. I was surprised since the Modern Scholar series is normally really good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tim Warner Robins, GA, United States 06-22-14
    Tim Warner Robins, GA, United States 06-22-14
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    "Informative, but very poor reading"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The information was good. It is applicable to most people generally interested in materials science. You don't have to have an engineering degree to understand it. It's probably appropriate for someone with a bachelors or working on their bachelors.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Hire a reader. It is pretty obvious that she read from a script, but the pauses... in the middle of... every sentence... drove... (wait for it)... me crazy.


    Would you be willing to try another one of the narrator’s performances?

    No.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Absolutely. It is good information.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Belfast, United Kingdom
    9/14/13
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    "A very general overview of nanotechnology"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I think overall it is too basic, seems to be aimed at very general public, but for anyone who is already a scientist it is too light


    Would you be willing to try another book from Deborah Gibbs Sauder? Why or why not?

    Yes


    What aspect of the narrator’s performance might you have changed?

    Audio is clear, but more a lecture style than good narration


    Do you think A Bridge to the Future: Understanding Nanotechnology, Part 1 needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes but much more scientific details and leading edge technology


    Any additional comments?

    Overall the new things I learnt was limited, although generally of some interest. Think this audio book relevant facts could have been condensed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    BRISTOL, United Kingdom
    7/5/13
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    "Very underwhelming"
    Would you try another book written by Deborah Gibbs Sauder or narrated by the narrator?

    Whilst I understand the logic of having an eminent professor reading their own lectures, in this case it simply doesn't work. The delivery and sentences are disjointed to the point of distraction, and the lack of emphasises and stresses give the unfortunate impassion that this is a dull and dry subject.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Deborah Gibbs Sauder? Why or why not?

    I found this a very underwhelming introduction to the TMS series, and sincerely hope that it isn't representative. I really don't see how it justifies the price tag.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The performance gives the impression that it hasn't been edited, and gives the lectures a sense of low production values. With all due credit to Ms. Sauder for a valiant attempt, these lectures would benefit enormously from being delivered by someone else.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointingly, I don't feel that I've learned much about nanotechnology beyond some basic chemistry presented in the first few lectures. Ms. Sauder's descriptions of how nanotechnology might one-day be used seem to gloss over what appear to be some pretty fundamental obstacles in power, design and manufacture and give a sense of hand-waving at the details along the lines of 1) Nanotechnology, 2) ???, 3) Profit. I wasn't expecting stories about tiny robots gallivanting through my begins, but a lot more detail about uses of nanotechnology since IBM wrote their name in atoms would have been a welcome addition.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mr
    Begur, Spain
    3/11/13
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    "Outstanding first introduction"

    This lecture series gives a perfect first introduction to the science of nanotechnology and its context. It covers the essential physics and chemistry behind nanotechnology, how nanomaterials are seen and built, their applications, and the socio-cultural impact. It is pitched at undergraduate level, so not difficult to grasp any of the concepts. I would recommend this as a good starting point to anyone who is thinking of studying nanotechnology, or just wants to know what it is about. Although there are one or two points when you might be forgiven for thinking you were in high-school, on the whole it makes for pleasant listening. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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