Molecular electronics is commonly associated with the bottom-up approach to nanofabrication. My objective in this talk is to point out how it also leads to a bottom-up view of electronic conduction completely different from the standard top-down approach that starts from large conductors and works its way down. Twenty years ago, it was not clear what the resistance of something really small was and whether it even made sense to talk about the resistance of a molecule. Consequently all discussions of current flow traditionally start with large complicated conductors. I will argue that it now makes sense to complement this view with one that starts from small simple molecules, using examples from recent developments in molecular electronics.
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