Quotes

The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.”

Albert Einstein, German-born theoretical physicist

If you have always done it that way, it is probably wrong.”

Charles Kettering, American inventor

By leadership we mean the art of getting someone else to do something that you want done because he wants to do it.”

Dwight Eisenhower, American president

Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon.”

Edward Forster, British writer

Men stumble over pebbles, never over mountains.”

H. Emilie Cady, American author

No effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost.”

Helen Keller, American author and activist

Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else.”

James Barrie, Scottish dramatist

A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.”

John Shedd, American writter

A good objective of leadership is to help those who are doing poorly to do well and to help those who are doing well to do even better.”

Jim Rohn, American entrepreneur

Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.”

John D. Rockefeller, American industrialist

We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them.”

Khalil Gibran, Lebanese-American artist, poet and writer

How much time he saves who does not look to see what his neighbor says or does or thinks.”

Marcus Aurelius, Roman emperor

Our opinion of people depends less upon what we see in them than upon what they make us see in ourselves.”

Sarah Grand, British writer and women’s rights activist

There is no greater impediment to the advancement of knowledge than the ambiguity of words.”

Thomas Reid, Scottish philosopher

Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.”

Voltaire, French writer and historian

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Education

Richard Feynman is one of the first people to which the era of “nano” may be attributed. The Feynmann Lectures on Physics from the late 1950’s to the early 1960’s are now available online on the Caltech and The Feynman Lectures Website.

Topics in nanotechnology are not only on a project basis in graduate school at universities. They are now full degrees. A sample of major universities and their programs is provided here:

  • University of Albany, nanoscale engineering and nanoscience: BASc, MASc, PhD (U.S.A.)
  • University of Israel, nanotechnology and nanoscience: MSc, PhD (IL)
  • University of Waterloo, nanotech engineering: BASc, MASc, PhD (CAN)
  • University of Toronto, nanoengineering: BASc (CAN)

Recently, a Molecular Theme Park by NanoSpace was also opened online to stimulate interest in elemetary to middle school students. In addiditon, Scientix in their May 2014 newsletter made approaches to teaching nanotechnology to pupils their main theme.

ASTM published two standards to educate workers on nanotechnology ( E2996 and E3001). These standards were initiated by the Nanotechnology Applications and Career Knowledge Network (NACK).

Parallels

||Biomimicry

Billions of years ago, molecules began to organize into the complex structures that could support life. We are just beginning to have an appreciation for these structures as we discover how advanced even the basic units of life may be and their far superiority to our most developed technologies.

Adhesion is one of the primary mechanisms in nature. Mushroom-shaped adhesive structures and organs are found to be the optimum solution in nature. Other adhesive geometries, such as flat punch, induce stress concentrations. With the mushroom shape, the stress distribution is much more homogeneous and the material detaches itself from the inside to the outside – hence the strong adhesion. Understanding such mechanisms better and designing our own could give rise to non-glue stick surfaces, as a non-limiting example.

||Quantum mechanics

The statistical description of a silicone oil droplet’s location on a vibrating silicone bath table is analogous to that of an electron confined to a circular quantum corral and has a similar, wavelike form.

Involvement

||Conferences

The EuroNanoForum, held for the 6th time in 2013 (Dublin, Ireland), has attracted delegates from over 50 countries, the number of attendees from countries like Korea, China, USA or Russia has increased as well. The total number of participants was about 1,500 members from the nanotech community.

Material specific conferences include the International Conference on Graphene.

||Innovate

The Global Innovation index ranks about 42 countries on their innovation capabilities. The top 25 stay about the same with some shifting in position. In 2013, Switzerland remain #1, Sweden remains #2 and the U.K. is uk to #3 from 5. China and India are also some of the better growing nations in this regard. A good indicator of strength are the three pillars of innovation:

  1. good education and attracted talent;
  2. investment for venture and risk capital; and
  3. institutional support.

at Open ND (TM)

What makes us get up in the morning? There is so much media bombardment that grabs attention from one topic to the next, making it difficult to focus on what is most significant to us. To understand the laws of nature is also to understand oneself and ones capabilities. At Open ND (TM), we wake up to a fresh challenge that pulls us forward. We target major issues of pollution, health and energy while promoting individual creativity and personal interests.