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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

Critic Reviews

"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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A great view to what the future may hold. I deeply

highly enjoyable. a great view into what the future may hold for mankind. thank you

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Interesting take on how technology will progress and how that will shape our interaction with another & overall life.

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Michio Kaku, what a great vision!

Even though 5 years have passed since he first published this book, and some things have changed, his vision is still valid, I think! enjoyable read and loved the story with Karen at the end. I hope we advance in genetics very quick to be able to stay young!

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Kind of out of date now

don't want to knock the book, great in its day and all. But a lot of this is common knowledge now.

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Disappointed...

Lots of speculation, very little science. I was looking for much more depth in the various topics.

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A good listen

This book was a good listen, but it was a little too political and anti-religious for my taste. I have tremendous respect and admiration for the offer, but I do feel some of his assumptions or ideas may not come to full fruition. Hopefully we can get away from loyal like he says in the next hundred years. Overall worth downloading and listen to.

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Amazing book and read

Loved this book along with all of his other books. Dr Michio Kaku is an amazing book writer amongst other things. Would listen to this and all of his other books time and time again!

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A great look into fringe sciences.

This book is a fantastic run through the fringes of modern science. Part imagination part real science, he takes you step by step into the word of tomorrow. A great read for any science minded day dreamers.

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Love this book

Outstanding. Thanks for the insights. Have listened three time and I learn something each time.

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Found I already knew most of what is in here

I think this would be a fantastic book for people who are interested in the future and science generally, but who do not follow future trends very closely. For someone like myself, who reads a ton of science fiction, reads scientific magazines and watches lots of science documentaries, there was not a lot of stuff in here that I didn’t already know.

[I listened to this as an audio book performed by Feodor Chin. The narrator did a very good job, although I did speed up the audio to 1.25 speed because I found it a bit slow going.]