Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Pullin' the Merkle Bootstrap

Bootstrap was a very important idea when I started to learn programming back in '78. It was the means of loading enough software so you could load more software, a tricky philosophical treat.

Ralph Merkle has done a fine job of finding a molecular bootstrap for diamond manufacture. With as few as 9 molecules he has defined a set of tools which can not only make themselves but should also make some nifty diamond.

Hattip Michael A.



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