- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Anchor; Reprint edition (February 21, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0307473333
- ISBN-13: 978-0307473332
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8 inches
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Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100 Paperback – Abridged, February 21, 2012
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“Fascinating. . . . [A] wide-ranging tour of what to expect from technological progress over the next century or so.” —The Wall Street Journal
“A whirlwind tour of technological possibility.” —New Scientist
“Mak[es] the exponential character of technological progress stick in the reader’s head, so that they come to look at the world differently.” —The Sunday Telegraph (London)
“[Physics of the Future] has the ability to surprise and enthrall and frighten.” —The New York Times
“[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. . . . Fascinating. And just a little bit spooky.” —USA Today
“Mind-bending. . . . [An] alternately fascinating and frightening book.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“Kaku is a tireless science popularizer. . . . [He gets] the juices of future physicists flowing.” —Los Angeles Times
“[Kaku] has a knack for making complex ideas entertaining.” —The Charlotte Observer
“Erudite [and] compelling.” —Chicago Tribune
"One cannot help but feel buoyed that the miraculous world the author presents may really be less than a hundred years hence." --Louisville Courier-Journal
About the Author
Michio Kaku is a professor of physics at the City University of New York, cofounder of string field theory, and the author of several widely acclaimed science books, including Hyperspace, Beyond Einstein, and Physics of the Impossible—the basis for his Science Channel TV show, Sci Fi Science: Physics of the Impossible—and the host of two radio programs, Explorations and Science Fantastic.
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Kaku is a recognized authority connected to many fields of science, so he is not merely an outsider writing a book. He also recognizes the boundaries of our technology. Even in a hundred years, he suggests, we will not have robuts capable of creative thought. We will not travel faster than light, etc.
He may be too optimistic about human nature. While recognizing how some technology can be misused by criminals or hostile governments, his optimistic outlook wants to believe such problems will be solved or their impacts minimal. I am a little skeptical about this.
This is one of those books you cannot put down. Since it is already a few years old, a few of Kaku's predictions have already come to pass, although he did miss the oil glut we are now experiencing.
However, this book is much more than a useful tool for research, it is an amazing look into the potentialities of the future, and Dr. Kaku's writing style makes the information quite digestible to the casual science fan.
The author has broken each chapter into time sections. First he gives a general overview of physics up to present day then explains the advancements we should see between today and 2030 (Near Future,) 2030 through 2070 (Midcentury,) and 2070 until 2100 (Far Future.) Topics which are covered include computer technology, artificial intelligence, medicine, communication, space travel, germ warfare, cloning, nanotechnology, and energy. Mr. Kaku only skims certain social aspects of the future. This is the biggest problem with his work. He does acknowledge that advancements may be hindered by human fears or superstitions, but ignores such things as companies incorporating planned obsolescence such as how light bulbs are built to wear out instead of lasting practically forever. Also, religious fundamentalism like is seen throughout the Middle East and the United States Bible Belt are huge roadblocks to scientific advancement and acceptance.
Overall, the book has an upbeat, geewhiz feel. I even learned a great deal about where we are today when it comes to scientific discoveries. "Physics of the Future" is very interesting because the author does an excellent job describing how the different scientific principles work and the difficulties ahead. As with any science book worth its salt, evolution is taken as a given. People who are religious creationists should read the book purely to understand the whole Adam-and-Eve thing is nonsense. As Mr. Kaku aptly writes in his work, "...One is free to ignore science and technology, but only at your peril. The world does not stand still because you are reading a religious text. If you do not master the latest in science and technology, then your competitors will."