Electrical Bistability: a phenomenon in which an object exhibits two states of different conductivity at the same applied voltage.
Emergence: a complex whole created by simple parts, as in the brain where billions of neurons work individually, but collectively make up our consciousness and give us the ability to think, rationalise, and create.
Emulation: An absolutely precise simulation of something, so exact that it is equivalent to the original (for example, many computers emulate obsolete computers to run their programs).
Enabling science and technologies: Areas of research relevant to a particular goal, such as nanotechnology. Also, technology that "enables" other technology to advance, such as the transistor enabled the computer chip revolution, as did photolithography.
Entropy: A measure of the disorder of a closed system. The second law of thermodynamics states that the entropy (and disorder) increases as time moves forward.
Evolution: A process in which a population of self-replicating entities undergoes variation, with successful variants spreading and becoming the basis for further variation.
Exploratory engineering: Design and analysis of systems that are theoretically possible but cannot be built yet, owing to limitations in available tools.
Exponential Growth: inaccurately referred to as "self-replication," exponential growth refers to the process of growth or replication involving doubling within a given period.