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

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

In Physics of the Future, Michio Kaku—the New York Times best-selling author of Physics of the Impossible—gives us a stunning, provocative, and exhilarating vision of the coming century based on interviews with over 300 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 revolutionary developments taking place....
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Publisher's Summary

Imagine, if you can, the world in the year 2100.

In Physics of the Future, Michio Kaku—the New York Times best-selling author of Physics of the Impossible—gives us a stunning, provocative, and exhilarating vision of the coming century based on interviews with over 300 of the world’s top scientists who are already inventing the future in their labs.

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—vessels using laser propulsion—could replace the expensive chemical rockets of today and perhaps visit nearby stars.

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.

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.

©2011 Michio Kaku (P)2011 Random House

What the Critics Say

"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." (Booklist)

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    Gordon Lamb 12-15-11
    Gordon Lamb 12-15-11

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    "Interesting Content, Irritating Reader"

    I enjoyed Professor Kaku's work. He's a well organized, if not flashy writer. In fact, I'd suggest he insert a little humour or a little more personal anecdote -- it would make the contents more accessible and....human. I found the content appealing, but then again, I'm a physicist.

    I'd most strongly suggest that Professor Kaku narrate his own material, though. I've seen him on television enough (and in fact have met him on several occasions), and he has the professional chops to do it well.

    I say this because the reader, Feodor Chin, came across to me sounding like a high school radio station reader. There are a few bumps in the road with lazy pronunciation, which I can generally overlook, such as 'labatory' for 'laboratory', but generally I try to overlook it. After all, I live in Kentucky, the galactic centre of of swallowed, suppressed, or modified vowels, consonants, and diphthongs.

    But for some reason, I lost my composure when the reader consistently pronounces 'hundred' as 'hunerd'. I found myself wincing or flinching every time -- and it happened 'hunerds' of times. It was enough for me that I will avoid any book performed by this reader, no matter what it is.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Ed 12-08-12
    Ed 12-08-12
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    "Don't bother"
    What would have made Physics of the Future better?

    There is not much information here or detail that the average person wouldn't already know


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    This unfortunately made me want to take a break from science books


    Would you be willing to try another one of Feodor Chin’s performances?

    Not sure. The reading was poor, but may have been because the book is so bland


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    George 10-29-12
    George 10-29-12
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    "Eye opening Listen"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Was worth the listen. Intriguing new technologies to here about.


    If you’ve listened to books by Michio Kaku before, how does this one compare?

    N/A


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Narrator did a outstanding job.


    Was Physics of the Future worth the listening time?

    Yes it's worth the time to get brought up to speed on current trends and technologies that are happening around us.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bubba Tahu 09-24-12
    Bubba Tahu 09-24-12 Member Since 2013

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    "Michio Kaku's Great Vague Look at the Future"
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, but it's not designed to be. It breaks up really well into topics and segments. It was perfect for my daily 35-45 minute drives to and from work.


    Any additional comments?

    I've read a few Kaku books and he's really good at making complex concepts understandable. He has a great ability to build up a concept from the root level so that in the end even a simple science fan like myself can understand it. This book however is a little different. It covers a vast amount of subjects and gives just a taste of each. Granted those "tastes" are probably enough for most, there were times I felt I wanted to learn more about a specific subject. That in itself maybe means this is a great read. I value any book that can light a spark of interest in learning more. In short, this is a good general look at science / tech, and how it will maybe shape our future. I'd recommend it to any science and tech fan.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Hanson 07-14-11
    Gary Hanson 07-14-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Hypercatalogosis"

    Not quite the Michio we have come to enjoy so much. I think his very organized brain got in the way and produced the Dewey Decimal system of the future. The concepts were great, but organization was annoying.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Antigone Arizona 02-24-14
    Antigone Arizona 02-24-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Even just afew years later, the future is here."

    I like Prof Kaku and enjoyed his TV show. This book though was probably much more relevant when it came out. Already, the technology of the next 100 years is here. I would probably not recommend this simply because of that. There were several parts where I had to remind myself that he wasn't being a dullard - his predictions just came true far ahead of when he was expecting them.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Pittsburgh, PA, United States 07-24-12
    Michael Pittsburgh, PA, United States 07-24-12

    I am a Physics and Engineering student.

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    "The Future Looks Bright."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I'm an engineering student and it sparked my creativity. While I was listening it got me to thinking about different ideas for my work and I think it would do the same for others.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I thought it was pretty cool to hear what other engineers are working on.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The life expanding technology.


    Any additional comments?

    I like Michio Kaku. He is a great teacher and has a lot of passion and projects that to the listener/reader. I also know of him from other things and he is very credible so it's not just a bunch of mumbo jumbo it's real ongoing projects.

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    Julie Columbia Falls, MT, United States 02-18-12
    Julie Columbia Falls, MT, United States 02-18-12

    These books are great when driving alone and waiting in doctors' offices, etc.

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    "Great way to learn about technical news."
    Would you listen to Physics of the Future again? Why?

    Yes. Lots to remember and try to work towards.


    What other book might you compare Physics of the Future to and why?

    Einstein - alot of futuristic thinking in both books.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    A little less time on individualist effects of future technology.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Can't answer this.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Judy MILL CREEK, WA, United States 12-28-11
    Judy MILL CREEK, WA, United States 12-28-11 Member Since 2014

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    "Listen over &over til i made myself select another"
    What made the experience of listening to Physics of the Future the most enjoyable?

    So much to know said so interestingly there was never a moment i failed to want to repeat to hear every paragraph over & over. I have listened to this book every day for a week & will relisten many more times perhaps to 2100 waiting for all the predictions to come true!!!


    What other book might you compare Physics of the Future to and why?

    All of Malcome Gladwell's books since they changed the way i see my world!!!


    Have you listened to any of Feodor Chin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Chin is the best reader I have ever heard,,, truely thought it was read by the author since the reader seemed to impart the knowledge in a first-hand manner. I'm supprised Chin did not interview all the Physists that contributed the future theories the author wrote in this outstanding book, brilliantly read.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes!!! I listen over & over ,,, i'll never put it away. Can't think of another book i so want to hear endlessly.


    Any additional comments?

    I truly did not want this book to end; I saw the author on CNN answering a few questions the least of what was answered in this book. Loved seeing & hearing the author ,,, too bad CNN did such a poor job of interviewing so very little was learned by the public about what the author has to offer.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    S. Spencer BAKERSFIELD, CA, United States 09-28-11
    S. Spencer BAKERSFIELD, CA, United States 09-28-11 Member Since 2014

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    "Good But A little dry"
    Would you listen to Physics of the Future again? Why?

    Yes I will even though it was a little dry I liked it enough to here it again just not right now.


    If you’ve listened to books by Michio Kaku before, how does this one compare?

    This is a first for me.


    Have you listened to any of Feodor Chin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is a first for me.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A Bright new future


    Any additional comments?

    This Book Could use a little more story line just to liven it up some .
    All and all i did enjoy it .
    I hope this helps you make a good diction with your perches.
    Thanks

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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