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Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100 Hardcover – Mar 15 2011
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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 future.....fun...fascinating. 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)
Praise for MICHIO KAKU
“Mesmerizing . . . the reader exits dizzy, elated, and looking at the world in a literally revolutionary way.”
—Washington Post Book World
“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.”
—Wall Street Journal
“What a wonderful adventure it is, trying to think the unthinkable.”
—New York Times Book Review
“An erudite, compelling, insider’s look into the most mind-bending potential of science research.”
“Accessible, entertaining, and inspiring”
“Mesmerizing information breathtakingly presented . . . thoroughly engaging . . . magnificent!”
— Philadelphia Inquirer
“An invigorating experience”
—Christian Science Monitor
“Kaku covers a tremendous amount of material . . . in a clear and lively way.”
—Los Angeles Times Book Review
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.See all Product Description
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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.
This book has an extensive introduction to his plan to predict the future and how he understands the principles of correctly predicting the future of physics. Unfortunately he gets a lot of the history wrong and today’s technology wrong. So is it surprising that he predicts the end of Moore’s law without taking into consideration the various ways in which new thinking and materials will easily extend the law into the future?
Yes I know that the previous statement does not contain details. However I could write a book on just the mistakes in vision displayed by Michio Kaku. One example and then you are on your own. At first he nails the problem when he states, "In 1893, as part of the worlds Columbian exposition in Chicago, 74 well-known individuals were asked to predict what life would be like in the next 100 years. The one problem was that they consistently underestimated the rate of progress of science." Then he goes on to make the exact mistake as he says, “But this process cannot go on forever. At some point, it will be physically impossible to etch transistors in the way that are the size of atoms." Now who is consistently underrating the rate of progress of science?
On a personal note it may be correct that old habits never die. But I have not hit the printer once this year at work (sorry Infoprint). I only commute to work to get away from the cats at home. And I am the only one in an empty office. My coworkers are strewn over the U.S. and support staff over the world.Read more ›
Simple example: Mr. Kaku does not believe that Moore's Law can continue much longer as we have reached the very limits of lithography. He completely misses the near-term advances in atomically precise manufacturing (APM) that promise to provide a quantum jump in computing and storage by finally delivering on the promise of true 3D chip design.
This book is a great primer for the beginning adventurer into the world of coming tech - it won't scare Grandma - but if you are already truly immersed in "the coming age of abundance" then this book will disapoint.
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I particularly like the last chapter, where Kaku organizes all his predictions into one "day in the life" scenario of someone living in 2100. Read morePublished 6 months ago by thebuyer
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.Published on March 19 2014 by Kalvin
Having read a number of other books by this author I can positively state that this is one of his better endeavors. Read morePublished on June 14 2013 by Ronald W. Maron
Even if you don't believe in future forecasting it's an interesting and fascinating read anyway. It is well worth buying.Published on Jan. 25 2012 by Peter M
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