Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent

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Crossing the boundaries – between nature and artifact and between inanimate and living matter – is a major feature of the convergence between nanotechnology and biotechnology. This paper points to two symmetric ways of crossing the boundaries: chemists mimicking nature's structures and processes , and synthetic biologists mimicking synthetic chemists with(More)
Scientists and engineers who extensively use the term " nanomachine " are not always aware of the philosophical implications of this term. The purpose of this paper is to clarify the concept of nanomachine through a distinction between three major paradigms of machine. After a brief presentation of two well-known paradigms-Cartesian mechanistic machines and(More)
Put the different parts of a car in a big box, and shake the whole, will you get a car? This image is often used to express what self-assembly can achieve. 1 Spontaneous arrangements of small building blocks in ordered patterns or structures are ubiquituous in living systems, and they are crucial for designing at the nanoscale, where human hands and tools(More)
It is often assumed that chemistry was a typical positivistic science as long as chemists used atomic and molecular models as mere fictions and denied any concern with their real existence. Even when they use notions such as molecular orbitals chemists do not reify them and often claim that they are mere models or instrumental artefacts. However a glimpse(More)
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