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The Visioneers: How a Group of Elite Scientists Pursued Space Colonies, Nanotechnologies, and a Limitless Future

W. Patrick McCray


In 1969, Princeton physicist Gerard O'Neill began looking outward to space colonies as the new frontier for humanity's expansion. A decade later, Eric Drexler turned his attention to the molecular world as the place where society's future needs could be met using self-replicating nanoscale machines. These modern utopians predicted that their technologies could transform society as humans mastered the ability to create new worlds, undertook atomic-scale engineering, and, if truly successful, overcame their own biological limits. This book tells the story of how these scientists and the communit ... More

Keywords: space colonies, atomic-scale engineering, nanotechnology, countercultural ideals, pseudoscience, exploratory science, cutting-edge research, Gerard O'Neill, Eric Drexler

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780691176291
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691176291.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

W. Patrick McCray, author
University of California, Santa Barbara