Nanotech Database

Article Title:
Thinking Small Is Not Easy

Batt, Carl

Journal Information:
Nature Nanotechnology
Vol. 3, Num. 3


In this article, Batt maintains that the majority of the American public knows little to nothing about nanotechnology, particularly its scientific and technical aspects. Approximately fifty-seven percent of Americans, Batt notes, do not even know what the prefix "nano" means, and even those Americans who do have little sense of the scale and size of nanotechnology. In order to educate the general public about nanotechnology, scientists and researchers need to carefully develop tools which will convey information about the scale of nanotechnology in straightforward ways which will be readily comprehensible to laypeople. Previous efforts to educate the public about the scale of nanotechnology, Batt argues, have been confusing and unclear, and have not helped to truly educate the public about nanotechnology.