[FoRK] NANO: Kinematic Self-Replicating Machines Now Freely Available Online

Eugen Leitl eugen
Wed Oct 5 11:18:52 PDT 2005


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Kinematic Self-Replicating Machines Now Freely Available Online

The most comprehensive review of the field of Kinematic Self-Replicating
Machines (KSRM), the title of a book co-authored by Robert A. Freitas Jr.
(http://www.rfreitas.com) and Ralph C. Merkle (http://www.merkle.com), was
published in hardback in late 2004.  The book is still available in print
(http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1570596905), but KSRM is now freely
accessible online at http://www.MolecularAssembler.com/KSRM.htm.  With 200+
illustrations and 3200+ literature references, KSRM describes all proposed
and experimentally realized self-replicating systems that were publicly
known as of 2004, ranging from nanoscale to macroscale systems.  The book
extensively describes the historical development of the field.  It presents
for the first time a detailed 137-dimensional map of the entire kinematic
replicator design space to assist future engineering efforts.  KSRM has been
cited in two articles appearing in Nature this year (Zykov et al, Nature
435, 163 (12 May 2005) and Griffith et al, Nature 437, 636 (29 September
2005)) and appears well on its way to becoming the classic reference in this
field.
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