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January, 2009 - BOOK REVIEW

Published in R&D Management

"Review of Nanoethics: The Ethical and Social Implications of Nanotechnology" by Sally Randles and Harald Throne-Holst

(EXCERPT) "Nanoethics is a must-read book for R&D managers who are involved with nanotechnologies and who are curious about the (possible) wider societal repercussions of these exciting new technologies. But prospective readers should look beyond the title for value and relevance in this publication, because the discussions in the book are not just about the implications of nanotechnologies. Any contemporary book or article that on the surface is about the social implications
of ‘nano’ will probably contain more general and transferable questions concerning the emergence of any ‘new’ science or new science-enabled artefacts, products or services. These questions relate to governance, commercialisation and most importantly the interaction between science, technology and societies."


August, 2008 - BOOK REVIEW

Published in American Journal of Bioethics:

"Review of Nanoethics: The Ethical and Social Implications of Nanotechnology" by Ron Sandler, Ph.D.

(EXCERPT) "Many of the authors are prominent thinkers on these issues.  Most of the chapters are well informed and insightful. Taken together they provide an effective overview of much of the social and ethical terrain associated with emerging nanotechnologies.  Nanoethics is, in these important respects, a very good collection.

...Given the overall quality of the contributions, Nanoethics could be appropriate for a course on nanotechnology and ethics or technology and ethics more generally."


July, 2008 - BOOK REVIEW

Published in Philosophy of Science:

"Book Review: Nanoethics" by Kevin C. Elliott, Ph.D.

(EXCERPT) "The book fulfills the goal of providing an accessible introduction to a very diverse set of important ethical and societal issues.  It also provides a good starting point for philosophers of science interested in exploring how they can contribute to these discussions...

Several essays are particularly worthy of note. The first chapter, by Patrick Lin and Fritz Allhoff, provides a helpful introduction to debates about whether nanotechnology is even a distinct discipline, whether the ethical issues associated with it are unique in any important sense, and what the most important issues to address might be.

...Philosophers of science are well placed to contribute to the field of nanoethics in this manner. Thus, given the growing interest among philosophers of science in making their field more socially relevant, nanotechnology appears to provide a promising subject for future analysis."


July, 2008 - BOOK REVIEW

Published in Hyle:

"Nanotechnology and Society: A Global Debate on 'Nanoethics'" by Armin Grunwald, Ph.D.

(EXCERPT) "According to the publisher’s advertisement, Nanoethics (ed. by Fritz Allhoff et al.) claims to be not simply an edited volume as others but an anthology.  In fact, already a glance on its table of contents shows that the entire field of nanotechnology & society (except the economic dimension) is covered to a large extent.  The book is divided into seven parts, each of them including three to four chapters and – what is indeed a reader-friendly advantage – a thematic introduction by one of the editors.

...Summarizing my impressions, the claim of offering an anthology of nanoethics seems to be justified to a considerable extent, particularly with regard to the range of issues included."


May, 2008 - BOOK REVIEW

Published in Angewandte Chemie (Applied Chemistry):

"Book Review: Nanoethics" by Jürgen Altmann, Ph.D.

(EXCERPT) "Most articles can be read on their own. The table of contents, a brief introduction to each section, and a 19-page index afford easy access to particular topics. The book is not a systematic treatise; its strengths lie in the presentation of various viewpoints and the inclusion of some basic texts. As there is not much literature on 'nanoethics', this compact collection is highly welcome. It is recommended reading for scientists and engineers working in all areas of present-day nanoscience and nanotechnology. It will give them an overview of the ethical implications that are not often discussed in laboratory practice, in particular the fundamental aspects that interest the public most."


April, 2008 - BOOK REVIEW

Published in Studies in Ethics, Law & Technology:

"Review of Nanoethics" by Jason Robert, Ph.D.

(EXCERPT) "Some of the essays are bound to become staples of undergraduate curricula focused on science and society.

...[T]here is much to commend Nanoethics.  The rich variety of topics covered will leave readers primed for more...this collection is a useful contribution to the small but growing literature on the societal and ethical dimensions of nanotechnology."


March 31, 2008 - BOOK REVIEW

Published in Chemical & Engineering News:

"Deciphering Nanoethics" by Arthur L. Caplan, Ph.D.

(EXCERPT) "The articles in the book, some of which are original and many of which are reprinted from other sources, are well chosen.  The editors have done a laudatory job of organizing the material and including succinct section introductions.

...No one who reads the articles collected in "Nanoethics" will be disappointed."


January 14, 2008 - BOOK REVIEW

Published in Nanotechnology Law & Business

"Review of Nanoethics: The Ethical and Social Implications of Nanotechnology" by Amber Hottes, J.D.

(EXCERPT) "The difficulty of succinctly and yet fully conveying the vast scope of innovation that falls under the moniker of nanotechnology is trumped perhaps only by the challenge of providing a satisfying analysis of the surrounding ethical and social issues.  By compiling an anthology of recent academic literature and seminal publications, editors Fritz Allhoff, Patrick Lin, James Moor, and John Weckert produced a book that presents the reader with multiple frameworks to address and analyze scenarios that may arise in nanotechnology in both the near and far-term future.

...Rather than being a study in persuasion, the book introduces readers to the entire field of nanoethics by spotlighting several ethical and social dilemmas.  This book does not try to convince readers of a single, unified viewpoint. As an early book in a nascent field, the included articles present the myriad nested subtopics of nanoethics.

...[T]his dense book includes high quality articles that cover the spectrum of nanoethical questions.  Taken as a whole, this book gives the reader a foundation to consider where nanotechnology is going, the negative repercussions that may occur, and perhaps most importantly, considers how best to go forth."


December 24, 2007 - BOOK REVIEW

Published in Chemistry & Industry:

"Gret Goo?" by Neil Eisberg, editor

(EXCERPT) "So this selection of essays provides much food for thoughts.  They should be essential reading for non-experts but not just those who fear the possible futures that nanotechnology may bring.  In discussing the ethics of this new technology, these essays will also provide a broad background for those who have yet to discover the many benefits that may result."


October 15, 2007 - BOOK REVIEW

Published in ZDNet (CNET Networks):

(EXCERPT) "Editor's Rating = EXCELLENT (8.0)"



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