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)
Christian, Texan, electrician, lover of reading-I lean towards Sci-fi/fantasy but enjoy the classics, history, and science titles also.
This book ranks on a shelf by itself. I enjoyed the way Dr. Kaku explains difficult subjects in an everyday understandable fashion.
This question doesn't really apply so I will just say. I really enjoyed the way the author explained common science fiction topics such as artificial intelligence and time travel from a point of view that accepts their possible eventuality.
I liked the section describing nano technology.
This book doesn't work like that but I did get a real sense of hope for an interesting future for man kind.
I've seen Dr. Kaku many times on T.V. And know his voice well. The narrator often inflected his speech identical to that of the author. I just found that to be a curiosity.
Thought-Provoking, Non-Pretentious. Razor-Sharp.
The author has the rare ability to structure both the subject matter and his observations with unflagging clarity and wit, yet without a hint of dumbing down. Even when the discussion simply must swing out into the highly technical/theoretical, he makes the passage engaging and wonderfully thought-provoking. It's like grabbing a long cup of coffee with the best professor you've ever had.
Yes, but that would be impossible given the enormity of the book's scope. Kaku's observations inspire the listener to delve deeper into their own thoughts before resuming the narrative journey.
The narrator is absolutely first-rate, with excellent pacing, pitch and connection. What a great paring, Kaku and Chin.
My preference for a good story is something totally unusual and not run of the mill stuff. Give me something I haven't heard before.
Finally something fun about physics. What a treat to hear someone with a positive outlook about science fiction inventions and the future of everything science.
this book allowed a common person like myself, to enjoy journey into a world of hypotheticals. if you listen to it closely you'll find yourself questioning the very existence of what you are at an atomic level.
This is a great book that delves deep in to the middle of physics and leaves you feeling as if you can change the world with your new found knowledge! Michio breaks down every possibility of future technologies, or capabilities, to a fundamental level with just the right amount of science and philosophy well blended.
My only gripe is of the narrator. Most definitely a bland description to everything. It's not bad at first, his voice, but then it just slips in to really boring, consistently flat, tones of expression. Not mono tone, but more like mono expression!
In a lot of cases throughout the book, the author illustrate his point by citing examples of either supporting or contrary research. However, we made like to go into details into some of those examples, with leave the explanation feeling a bit esoteric.
I liked this book so much I got the audio book. When I first read this book a couple years ago, I pretty much devoured it. my physics knowledge has been minimal at best, but I picked up enough to have a lengthy conversation with a physics teacher and understand what was the concepts she brought up. Michio's books should have a sub label "Physics for dummies" I will pick up some of the other books he's written to see if they are as good.
I wish it would have been Dr. Kaku reading it, but the narrator sounded just like him so it didn't take away from it too much. This book is filled with extremely interesting and engaging topics. If you like science you will find this book exceptional. A bit boring and too technical at certain points - I often found myself lost in the technical jargon of scientific theory and language, but he brings it back to a level at which we can understand it well. I thought it was great overall!
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