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Subtitled How Science Will Revolutionize the 21st Century and Beyond, Visions assumes that, by and large, scientists get to do whatever they like, that all technologies are consumer technologies, and that consumers welcome anything and everything science throws at them. Kaku gets away with this frankly dodgy strategy by dint of sheer hard work. He has based his predictions on interviews with more than 150 renowned working scientists; he integrates these interviews with a huge body of original journalistic material; and, above all, he roots that mass of information on an entirely reasonable model of what the purpose of science will be in the third millennium. Up until now, science has expended its efforts on decoding most of the fundamental natural processes--"the dance," as Kaku puts it, of elementary particles deep inside stars and the rhythms of DNA molecules coiling and uncoiling within our bodies. Science's task now, Kaku believes, is to cross-pollinate advances thrown up by the study of matter, biology, and mind--modern science's three main theaters of endeavor. "We are now making the transition from amateur chess players to grand masters," he writes, "from observers to choreographers of nature." Then again, he also believes that "the Internet ... will eventually become a 'Magic Mirror' that appears in fairy tales, able to speak with the wisdom of the human race." Kaku, in short, deserves a good slapping--but he also deserves to be read. --Simon Ings, Amazon.co.uk --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
It's awesome but a little frightening and depressing. I had to take a break because it made me feel a little depressed about our existence and the future of.Published 1 month ago by Vincent De Giulio
A gem of a book bringing research and speculation to the forefront. Dr. Kaku hits key stellar questions of the future of computers, medicine and man and none of it is alarming but... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Robert Guerrero
Magic carpets and all kinds of wonderful things in our future. So optimistic, yet realistic.Published 2 months ago by Gail Silva
Einstein was a fraud and plagiarist who wasn't even good at physics. He was a science fiction writer, just like Kaku, Dawkins, Darwin, Hawking, Carl Sagan etc. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Etienne
Every time I see this man on cable TV I immediately stop my channel surfing. He is fascinating, intelligent and a great communicator. Re. this book. I liked it very much. Read morePublished 4 months ago by BrokenArrow
Reading this book, I felt like Michio Kaku sold out to the mass media. I loved reading Physics of the Impossible and Hyperspace. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
We watch all these kind of shows on television with Michio Kaku talking about space things and his theories...It was one of the nicest books we ever got.Published 6 months ago by lindahaupt