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Posted: November 30, 2007
Nanotechnology, literature, and society
(Nanowerk News) "Nanotechnology is an intersection," Ted Sargent writes in The Dance of Molecules: How Nanotechnology Is Changing Our Lives (2006): "Nanotechnology produces convergent thinking when representatives of various mind-sets meet, learn one another's languages, and gather the ideas that result when paradigms collide."
Sponsored by the National Science Foundation Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center – the Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing (CHN), and by the UMass Lowell English Department, Nanotechnology, Literature, and Society is a gathering of researchers in the humanities, social sciences, physical sciences, and engineering to reflect on technological, cultural, literary, ethical, and social aspects of nanotechnology, the burgeoning science of atomic- and molecular-scale engineering and manufacture. This interdisciplinary conference, featuring lectures and panel discussions, aims to promote a productive collision of disciplinary paradigms.
In conjunction with the conference, the UMass Lowell Off-Broadway Players, under the direction of Professor Nancy Selleck, will stage performances of Bertolt Brecht’s classic drama of scientific responsibility and of a historic clash between religion and science, Galileo.
Nanotechnology, Literature, and Society will be held on December 5-6, 2007 at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, MIL Conference Center, Wannalancit Mills, 650 Suffolk Street, Lowell, Massachusetts 01854.