Summary

In summary, nanotechnology provides an impetus for transforming the academic experience, introducing a new stimulus for breadth in the career of a student while minimizing the additional time to assimilate that breadth. The historical functions of creating new knowledge through in-depth study need not be compromised with such programs. Programs in nanotechnology represent excellent areas of research to demonstrate this and will be one basis for a subtle transformation of the academic environment. Philosophers, business schools, psychologists, and many of the "soft sciences" may debate the implications of nanotechnology. However, without a realistic view of what may be expected from this fertile research frontier, there may be unnecessary discussions about unrealistic expectations. Information released to the media and studies of a social nature should follow careful assessments by technically qualified research teams presenting rational projections for the future potential of this fascinating field.

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