Physics of the Future by Michio Kaku
How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100

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7 Critic Reviews

Much of the terrain Mr. Kaku surveys will be familiar to futurists, but less technically oriented readers are likely to find it fascinating—and related with commendable clarity.
-WSJ online

Synopsis

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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About Michio Kaku

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MICHIO KAKU is the Henry Semat Professor of Theoretical Physics at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is the cofounder of string field theory. He has written several books, including Parallel Worlds and Beyond Einstein, and his bestseller, Hyperspace, was voted one of the best science books of the year by the New York Times and the Washington Post. He is a frequent guest on national TV, and his nationally syndicated radio program is heard in 130 cities. He lives in New York City.
 
Published March 15, 2011 by Anchor. 418 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Computers & Technology, Professional & Technical, Science & Math, History. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Physics of the Future
All: 7 | Positive: 4 | Negative: 3

NY Times

Below average
on Mar 15 2011

...airplane food — bland and damp — is what Mr. Kaku’s prose too often resembles.

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Guardian

Excellent
on Mar 27 2012

...his writing is filled with an infectious, childlike wonder at the many ways in which science may transform life in the future.

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WSJ online

Good
on Mar 23 2011

Much of the terrain Mr. Kaku surveys will be familiar to futurists, but less technically oriented readers are likely to find it fascinating—and related with commendable clarity.

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The Telegraph

Above average
on Apr 26 2011

There is virtually nothing here about how technology and science, mishandled over the next 100 years, may prove to be the medicine that kills the patient. This is a missed opportunity.

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DNA

Good
on Aug 21 2011

...Kaku simplifies everything so that anyone, even those without a science background, can read and appreciate the book.

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The Agony Column

Excellent
on Apr 02 2011

I do indeed hope my grandchildren and great grandchildren live as gods. But I also hope that...they'll be able to buy and read books like 'The Physics of the Future,' books that will set their minds afire with hope and joy and wonder...

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Seven Ponds

Above average
on Jul 22 2011

You would be right to find some of this a bit far-fetched...

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