From teleportation to telekinesis, Kaku uses the world of science fiction to explore the fundamentals - and the limits - of the laws of physics as we know them today. In a compelling and thought-provoking narrative, he explains:
Kaku uses his discussion of each technology as a jumping-off point to explain the science behind it. An extraordinary scientific adventure, Physics of the Impossible takes listeners on an unforgettable, mesmerizing journey into the world of science that both enlightens and entertains.
©2008 Michio Kaku; (P)2008 Random House, Inc.
"Science and science fiction buffs can easily follow Kaku's explanations as he shows that in the wonderful worlds of science, impossible things are happening every day." (Publishers Weekly)
Dr. Kaku isn't only a brilliant string theorist and well rounded communicator with a full breadth of knowledge, he is also inspirational and curious.
This book covers various sci-fantasies, such as force fields and time travel, and categorizes them into 3 different levels of 'impossibility' for our future.
He discusses force fields, invisibility, faster that light travel, E.T., and ultimately whether we will be able to escape the final end of this universe by bridging this universe to another and slipping away into a new, younger univese as this one succumbs to entropy or is torn apart as a result of the expansion of space itself.
He also touches on string theory, various current socioeconomic problems. He's well read, and without a doubt, he's the kind of guy you could easily sit and listen to for hours on end and not get bored.
Excellent book, fun, and certainly not difficult to understand.
I love all of the ideas behind the chapters. Deciphering science fiction from fact is something many people cannot do alone, as they do not have physics backgrounds. Professor Kaku gives the listener valuable insight into the world of science and science fiction.
His other books are equally amazing.
Everything - this is a must-have for those researching for science fiction writing and for those interested in science.
We are only part way through this book and already love it! It's neither too long nor too scientific. It clearly explains complex ideas in an easy to understand format and it is fun. My children think it's great too! If you want to know more about the impossible get this book!
The pacing was nice, and the details rampant. If you enjoy learning about complex ideas this is a very good book. It explains things in terms that are interesting and easy to understand.
The writting is first rate. The level of detail is appropartae for the layperson or scientist. Goes into therory with enough detail that you understand and can expalin to other. Narrator did a great job. Worth the listen.
Everything is subjective.
I've always loved Michio Kaku's writings. He is such an optimist when it comes to humanity's future, but he isn't afraid to also spell out what is physically impossible. That is what this book does. He divides up levels of impossibility, based on an understanding of what future technologies could - and probably will - bring. In this he discussed abstract functions like time traveling and warping spacetime.
All in all, if you are a curious scientist, an interested science enthusiast, or even just someone questioning our future, give this audiobook a listen. I certainly would recommend it!
Kaku did a great job of compiling many fascinating topics and presents series of thoughts surrounding each topic. He also takes a lot of sci-fi topics or concepts that authors have imagined for years and explains the physics behind the ideas. Kaku places each topic into a category or level of impossibility... those that are not possible yet with our level of understanding but seem probable to those that seem impossible...at least in this universe.
Insightful, engaging, fun, and fascinating. This book illicits vivid images from the imagination and then confirms their veracity (some more so than others). Though a little technical at times, it hardly take away from the book.
The epilogue is the most interesting part to me. Perhaps I was looking for a more scientific book. This really is just kind of Deep Thoughts with some physics explanation thrown in. But without some background in physics it would be hard to follow.
So it's not scientific enough and too casual at the same time.
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