A Growing Threat to Humanity

Louis A. Del Monte

264 pages
3 illustrations, index


April 2017


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About the Book

Nanoweapons just might render humanity extinct in the near future—a notion that is frightening and shocking but potentially true. In Nanoweapons Louis A. Del Monte describes the most deadly generation of military weapons the world has ever encountered. With dimensions one-thousandth the diameter of a single strand of human hair, this technology threatens to eradicate humanity as it incites world governments to compete in the deadliest arms race ever. 

In his insightful and prescient account of this risky and radical technology, Del Monte predicts that nanoweapons will dominate the battlefield of the future and will help determine the superpowers of the twenty-first century. He traces the emergence of nanotechnology, discusses the current development of nanoweapons—such as the “mini-nuke,” which weighs five pounds and carries the power of one hundred tons of TNT—and offers concrete recommendations, founded in historical precedent, for controlling their proliferation and avoiding human annihilation. Most critically, Nanoweapons addresses the question: Will it be possible to develop, deploy, and use nanoweapons in warfare without rendering humanity extinct?

Author Bio

Louis A. Del Monte is an award-winning physicist and speaker and is the chief executive officer of Del Monte and Associates, Inc. During his thirty-year career as a physicist and business executive at IBM and Honeywell, he led the development of microelectronics and sensors and developed patents fundamental to the fabrication of integrated circuits. He is the author of The Artificial Intelligence Revolution: Will Artificial Intelligence Serve Us or Replace Us? and How to Time Travel: Explore the Science, Paradoxes, and Evidence.


"A groundbreaking read that is as informed and informative as it is thoughtful and thought-provoking, Nanoweapons: A Growing Threat to Humanity is an extraordinary study whose importance cannot be underestimated given the military industrial complex that drives so much of our national and international policies today."—John Taylor, Midwest Book Review

"There are times when a book best serves as the starting point for new discussions or to broaden existing discussions on military technology. Ominous title aside, Nanoweapons: A Growing Threat to Humanity fulfills the role of starting the discussion."—Scott R. Gourley, Association of the United States Army

"A good introduction to nanotechnology and how it's being used today, Nanoweapons: A Growing Threat to Humanity takes an in-depth look at its applications in the military arena. . . . While the emerging field of nanotechnology is changing so rapidly that discoveries are made daily, this book does an excellent job in helping readers to understand the big picture."—Mark H. Beaudry, Security Management

“Louis Del Monte provides a futurist clarion call for people to start thinking and talking about this emerging technology—a technology fraught with the potential for great good and great harm.”—Col. Thomas R. Lujan, U.S. Army (Ret.), attorney at law

Nanoweapons opens the cloak of secrecy on the developing area of nanotechnologies and how societies may use them in the future for good and evil. A very captivating topic.”—Tamara Bratland, engineer for a Fortune 500 medical device company

“A very informative read. Nanotechnology can enhance our lives or eradicate humankind. This book can help preserve our future.”—Richard Spielberger, former Honeywell Engineer Fellow

Table of Contents

Part 1. The First Generation of Nanoweapons
1. What You Don’t Know Can Kill You
2. Playing LEGOS with Atoms
3. I Come in Peace
4. The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing
5. The Rise of the Nanobots
6. The “Swarm”
Part 2. The Game Changers
7. The “Smart” Nanoweapons
8. The Genie Is Loose
9. Fighting Fire with Fire
Part 3. The Tipping Point
10. The Nanoweapons Superpowers
11. The Nano Wars
12. Humanity on the Brink
1. Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies
2. Nanoweapons Offensive Capability of Nations
3. The Events Leading to the Chernobyl Disaster

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