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Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100 [Hardcover]

Michio Kaku
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Book Description

March 15 2011 0385530803 978-0385530804

Imagine, if you can, the world in the year 2100.

In Physics of the Future, Michio Kaku—the New York Times bestselling author of Physics of the Impossible—gives us a stunning, provocative, and exhilarating vision of the coming century based on interviews with over three hundred of the world’s top scientists who are already inventing the future in their labs. The result is the most authoritative and scientifically accurate description of the revolutionary developments taking place in medicine, computers, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, energy production, and astronautics.

In all likelihood, by 2100 we will control computers via tiny brain sensors and, like magicians, move objects around with the power of our minds. Artificial intelligence will be dispersed throughout the environment, and Internet-enabled contact lenses will allow us to access the world's information base or conjure up any image we desire in the blink of an eye.

Meanwhile, cars will drive themselves using GPS, and if room-temperature superconductors are discovered, vehicles will effortlessly fly on a cushion of air, coasting on powerful magnetic fields and ushering in the age of magnetism.

Using molecular medicine, scientists will be able to grow almost every organ of the body and cure genetic diseases. Millions of tiny DNA sensors and nanoparticles patrolling our blood cells will silently scan our bodies for the first sign of illness, while rapid advances in genetic research will enable us to slow down or maybe even reverse the aging process, allowing human life spans to increase dramatically.

In space, radically new ships—needle-sized vessels using laser propulsion—could replace the expensive chemical rockets of today and perhaps visit nearby stars. Advances in nanotechnology may lead to the fabled space elevator, which would propel humans hundreds of miles above the earth’s atmosphere at the push of a button.

But these astonishing revelations are only the tip of the iceberg. Kaku also discusses emotional robots, antimatter rockets, X-ray vision, and the ability to create new life-forms, and he considers the development of the world economy. He addresses the key questions: Who are the winner and losers of the future? Who will have jobs, and which nations will prosper?

All the while, Kaku illuminates the rigorous scientific principles, examining the rate at which certain technologies are likely to mature, how far they can advance, and what their ultimate limitations and hazards are. Synthesizing a vast amount of information to construct an exciting look at the years leading up to 2100, Physics of the Future is a thrilling, wondrous ride through the next 100 years of breathtaking scientific revolution.

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"[A] wide-ranging tour of what to expect from technological progress over the next century or so.... fascinating—and related with commendable clarity"--Wall Street Journal

"Mind-bending....fascinating....Kaku has a gift for explaining incredibly complex concepts, on subjects as far-ranging as nanotechnology and space travel, in language the lay reader can grasp....engrossing"--San Francisco Chronicle

"[Kaku] has the rare ability to take complicated scientific theories and turn them into readable tales about what our lives will be like in the And just a little bit spooky"--USA Today

"Epic in its scope and heroic in its inspiration"--Scientific American

"Following in the footsteps of Leonardo da Vinci and Jules Verne, Kaku, author of a handful of books about science, looks into the not-so-distant future and envisions what the world will look like. It should be an exciting place, with driverless cars, Internet glasses, universal translators, robot surgeons, the resurrection of extinct life forms, designer children, space tourism, a manned mission to Mars, none of which turn out to be as science-fictiony as they sound. In fact, the most exciting thing about the book is the fact that most of the developments Kaku discusses can be directly extrapolated from existing technologies. Robot surgeons and driverless cars, for example, already exist in rudimentary forms. Kaku, a physics professor and one of the originators of the string field theory (an offshoot of the more general string theory), draws on current research to show how, in a very real sense, our future has already been written. The book's lively, user-friendly style should appeal equally to fans of science fiction and popular science."

"Breezy, accessible and cheerily upbeat new book....Kaku’s primary strengths, other than his obvious expertise as a physicist, lie in the lucidity of his explanations....enviable access to many laboratories and research and development departments around the world....scrupulous"--The Sunday Times (UK)

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“Mesmerizing . . . the reader exits dizzy, elated, and looking at the world in a literally revolutionary way.”
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“With his lucid and wry style, his knack for bringing the most ethereal ideas down to earth, and his willingness to indulge in a little scientifically informed futurology now and then . . . Michio Kaku has written one of the best popular accounts of higher physics.”
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“What a wonderful adventure it is, trying to think the unthinkable.”
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“An erudite, compelling, insider’s look into the most mind-bending potential of science research.”
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About the Author

MICHIO KAKU is a professor of physics at the CUNY Graduate Center, cofounder of string field theory, and the author of several widely acclaimed science books, including Physics of the Impossible, also the basis for his Science Channel show and two radio programs, Explorations and Science Fantastic.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great research from Dr. Kaku April 26 2011
Physics of the Future gives the reader a glimpse of what mankind will achieve if we're able to organize our race and attain Type I civilization status in a sustainable manner. This is a must read for those who hope to provide a brighter future for following generations. Michio points out that those alive today will determine the course of humanity. We are the most important generation of humans on Earth. But don't take my word for it, read the book and decide for yourself.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars superb Oct. 16 2011
Objective, Comphrensive, Unbiased. By his own credentials his expertise he makes this book readable for the lay person. Although future predictions are biased by the lens of the present, this book allows us an educated guess at the future. For older people like me it is interesting to read what the future may bring.I bought copies for my 3 sons and others as well as recomending it others. I would love to see an epilogue update article now for lovers of the book, since books are usually a couple of years behind by release time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timely Opptimism Aug. 4 2011
By jacksprat TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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A great approach to explaining applied physics for the people of all ilks. You do not have to be a physics major to understand the approach presented by Kaku. I liked this book because it also points to avenues of future development and may assist those entering school on a path to advantage the future as presented by Michio Kaku. It is a promising book and had me feeling hopeful for the human race. I would love to be around in the next few generations to enjoy the future as presented. It is great not to constantly be bombarded with doom and gloom and this book provides the right balance, Kaku's positive approach is sorely needed and I will likely read the book again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read. July 23 2011
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Over the years I've many books of this type. This is one of the better ones. Michio Kaku has a good way of conveying complex ideas to the layman and making them understandable.

Only time will tell how much of Kaku's forecasting comes true, but he does present his forecasts in such a way as to make them very credible. For many of us living today who grew up with great change during the latter part of the 20th century, well we ain't seen nothin' yet. Many of us have long become accustomed to seeing what we once thought as science fiction if not outright fantasy come true. This unfolding century could be even wilder . We're the generation supposedly accustomed to great and rapid change, but many of us might not be really ready for what's coming even if only half of what Kaku discusses in this book comes true. We might find little familiar to us if some of us survive the coming decades.

Part of what is interesting here is that Kaku is talking only about the next several decades to the year 2100. And he delves into subjects that are not really extreme, but those where the groundwork has already been laid is is being developed this very moment.

I recommend this book if you're interested in an easily understood glimpse into what is coming over the next decades.
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5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT March 19 2014
By Kalvin
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I never read in my life. Always hated reading. This is my first book in 15 years. Love it so much, can't wait to read his other books.
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