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„Nanotechnologie” als neue „Schlüsseltechnologie”? —Versuch eines historischen und systematischen Vergleichs mit anderen Technologien / "Nanotechnology" as a new keytechnology?—An attempt of a historical and systematical comparison with other technologies

Andreas Woyke
Journal for General Philosophy of Science / Zeitschrift für allgemeine Wissenschaftstheorie
Vol. 38, No. 2 (November, 2007), pp. 329-345
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20722495
Page Count: 17
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„Nanotechnologie” als neue „Schlüsseltechnologie”? —Versuch eines historischen und systematischen Vergleichs mit anderen Technologien / "Nanotechnology" as a new keytechnology?—An attempt of a historical and systematical comparison with other technologies
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Abstract

Nanotechnology seems to be a new "key-discipline", which should lead to basic changes in many areas of living and producing. This estimation is questioned by a comparison with established technologies, which reach from heat engines to biotechnology. In this line it is possible to come to a more realistically assessment of nanotechnology. "Technologies" in the narrower sense are understood as techniques based scientifically and integrated systematically into a network. The development of these technologies starts first in the early modern times. Before this background the established technologies are characterised looking at relevant questions and problems, the role of researchers and inventors, the importance of theoretical foundations, important applications and innovations, as well as the relevance of visions and then confronted with nanotechnology in its present state. It is accentuated that there are no explicit theories and no specific applications of nanotechnology and it seems to be only a kind of chemical technology.

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