People use machines to perform tasks that fall beyond our capacities.
Since the Industrial Revolution, the complexity and number of machines we use has increased.
At the Annual Meeting of the American Physical Society in 1959, physicist and 1965 Nobel Laureate in Physics, Richard Feynman talked about the possibility of building small machines from atoms.
He returned to this idea in a lecture in 1984 he asked, "How small can you make a machine?".
But by then Chemists had already taken the first tentative steps towards building molecular machines.
The 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Sir J. Fraser Stoddart and Bernard L. Feringa, whose research has led to the development of molecular machines...
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