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Skidmore College
First-Year Experience

Scribner Seminar Program
Course Description

The Molecular Frontier

Instructor(s): Steven Frey, Chemistry

One of the things that separates us from all earlier generations is this, we have seen our atoms” [Karl K. Darrow in The Renaissance of Physics]. Not only have we seen atoms, we have learned to manipulate them individually. This remarkable achievement has changed the way that scientists think about matter and opened the door to the possibility of constructing materials and machines on the smallest scale possible. What will these molecular constructs do for us? Will they revolutionize the fields of medicine, computing, and manufacturing? Students in this seminar will consider these questions and others, through readings, laboratory exercises, and field trips, as we explore the development of nanotechnology and dream about its impact on our future. Students will also confront and debate ethical, political, and economic issues that will ultimately drive and influence the direction of this revolution in science.

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