Editorial (K. Tanaka). Prospect (K. Fukui†). Synthesis and purification of multi-walled and single-walled carbon nanotubes (M. Yumura). Electron diffraction and microscopy of carbon nanotubes (S. Amelinckx et al.). Structures of multi-walled and single-walled carbon nanotubes. EELS study (T. Hanada et al.). Electronic structure of single-walled carbon nanotubes (K. Tanaka et al.). Phonon structure and Raman effect of single-walled carbon nanotubes (R. Saito et al.). Behaviour of single-walled carbon nanotubes in magnetic fields (H. Ajiki, T. Ando). Electronic properties of carbon nanotubes probed by magnetic measurements (M. Kosaka, K. Tanigaki). Optical response of carbon nanotubes (F. Bommeli et al.). Electrical transport properties in carbon nanotubes (J.-P. Issi, J.-C. Charlier). Capillarity in carbon nanotubes (D. Ugarte et al.). Large-scale synthesis of carbon nanotubes by pyrolysis (K. Tanaka et al.). Carbon nanotubes as a novel &pgr;-electron material and their promise for technological applications (S. Yoshimura). Frontiers of carbon nanotubes and beyond (H. Ago, T. Yamabe). Subject index. Author index.