"Nanosystems"  is the main reference book for the basics of advanced atomically precise manufacturing (APM) since there is no other remotely similar book tackling the same topic available yet (state 2014,2015). "Nanosystems" has huge amounts of (then 1992 and still now 2014,2015) novel theoretical applications of established knowledge due to it's strict focus on exploratory engineering. On the other hand it's grossly incomplete because of the huge amount of work that needs to be done.
Note that the incremental pathway to "nanofactories" is discussed prominently. The only topic that may be related to the direct pathway is the discussion of pressure driven diamondoid actuators. NO "universal assemblers" are proposed!
Please note that this wiki is written independently by third parties and does not necessarily accurately describe the ideas of the author of Nanosystems.
On K. Eric Drexlers website:
- Detailed table of contents and sample chapters
- Nanosystems: what it’s about, how it's used, and where to read more
- Nanosystems: Molecular Machinery, Manufacturing, and Computation
- Nanosystems: Molecular Machinery, Manufacturing, and Computation - by K. Eric Drexler (1992)