From the published transcript of the talk given at the annual meeting of the American Physical Society, given December 29, 1959 at Caltech: "I would like to describe a field, in which little has been done, but in which an enormous amount can be done in principle...What I want to talk about is the problem of manipulating and controlling things on a small scale.... They tell me about electric motors that are the size of the nail on your small finger. And there is a device on the market, they tell me, by which you can write the Lord's Prayer on the head of a pin... It is a staggeringly small world that is below. In the year 2000, when they look back at this age, they will wonder why it was not until the year 1960 that anybody began to move seriously in this direction..."
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