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In this latest effort to popularize the sciences, City University of New York professor and media star Kaku (Hyperspace) ponders topics that many people regard as impossible, ranging from psychokinesis and telepathy to time travel and teleportation. His Class I impossibilities include force fields, telepathy and antiuniverses, which don't violate the known laws of science and may become realities in the next century. Those in Class II await realization farther in the future and include faster-than-light travel and discovery of parallel universes. Kaku discusses only perpetual motion machines and precognition in Class III, things that aren't possible according to our current understanding of science. He explains how what many consider to be flights of fancy are being made tangible by recent scientific discoveries ranging from rudimentary advances in teleportation to the creation of small quantities of antimatter and transmissions faster than the speed of light. Science and science fiction buffs can easily follow Kaku's explanations as he shows that in the wonderful worlds of science, impossible things are happening every day. (Mar. 11)
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“[Kaku explores] what we still do not quite understand, those grey areas that are surely the most fascinating part of physics.”
“Kaku's latest book aims to explain exactly why some visions of the future may eventually be realized while others are likely to remain beyond the bounds of possibility. . . . Science fiction often explores such questions; science falls silent at this point. Kaku's work helps to fill a void.”
“A fascinating exploration of the interface between science and science fiction, extremely well researched, lively, and tremendously entertaining.”
—Fritjof Capra, author of The Tao of Physics and The Science of Leonardo
“Mighty few theoretical physicists would bother expounding some of these possible impossibilities, and Kaku is to be congratulated for doing so. . . . [He gets] the juices of future physicists flowing.”
—Los Angeles Times
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I purchased this book after watching one of Kaku's documentaries on BBC. His writing style is very similar to his documentary presentation. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Aman Taxali
If you are curious and want to understand the impossible, this book is it! Very informative, very well written and structured book. Great read.Published 17 months ago by PBader
I was hoping for a book that investigated obscure impossibilities that are revealed by modern physicists. Read morePublished on June 2 2012 by RoyBro
The subject of this book is very good for anybody that like science-fiction. It is well explained, even if it is hard sometimes. Read morePublished on June 3 2011 by mireille
Michio Kaku covers various forms of technology seen or read about in Science Fiction, and discusses the possible physical theories behind them and when we may be able to achieve... Read morePublished on Nov. 16 2010 by kipper
First and foremost I want to applaud Michio Kaku for not only this publication but for all of his other writings. Read morePublished on July 8 2010 by Ronald W. Maron
I keep this book on my night table for daily inspiration. It helps me constantly realize the need to stretch the imagination and keep an open mind on anything that might be taken... Read morePublished on June 12 2009 by Garry Burgess