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Physics of the Impossible Audiobook

Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration

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Publisher's Summary

One hundred years ago, scientists would have said that lasers, televisions, and the atomic bomb were beyond the realm of physical possibility. In Physics of the Impossible, the renowned physicist Michio Kaku explores to what extent the technologies and devices of science fiction (such as phasers, force fields, teleportation, and time travel) that are deemed equally impossible today might well become commonplace in the future.

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:

  • How the science of optics and electromagnetism may one day enable us to bend light around an object, like a stream flowing around a boulder, making the object invisible to observers downstream
  • How ramjet rockets, laser sails, antimatter engines, and nanorockets may one day take us to the nearby stars
  • How telepathy and psychokinesis, once considered pseudoscience, may one day be possible using advances in MRI, computers, superconductivity, and nanotechnology
  • Why a time machine is apparently consistent with the known laws of quantum physics, although it would take an unbelievably advanced civilization to actually build one

    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.

  • What the Critics Say

    "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)

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      "Witty and Amazingly Clear"
      If you could sum up Physics of the Impossible in three words, what would they be?

      Thought-Provoking, Non-Pretentious. Razor-Sharp.


      What did you like best about this story?

      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.


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

      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.


      Any additional comments?

      The narrator is absolutely first-rate, with excellent pacing, pitch and connection. What a great paring, Kaku and Chin.

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      Dann Los Angeles, CA, United States 07-22-10
      Dann Los Angeles, CA, United States 07-22-10 Member Since 2009
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      "Very nice!"

      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.

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      Paul Marsh 04-23-10
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      "A bit too light on details"

      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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      Albert 07-06-17
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      The book is ok but the content is the same as the future of physics and a mix with parallel worlds...
      basically the same with different order. Didn't learn anything new .

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      William Attleboro, MA, United States 11-15-16
      William Attleboro, MA, United States 11-15-16 Member Since 2015
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      "Great book"

      very informative book,loved. it. the first science book I've actually enjoyed. I really enjoyed the authors style of writing.

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      Max 11-13-16
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      "Excellent book and excellent narration."

      It is evident that this was likely a really fun book to write. With each new subject, the author asks questions that I have asked myself many times throughout my exploration of my childhood, science fiction, and science. This was very well narrated, and I found the whole experience listening to this book to be most enjoyable.

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      CandaceAL 11-02-16
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      "Mind, blown."

      Fascinating and mind bending, while still being accessible, this definitely merits multiple listens! It also expanded my admiration for the beauty of, well, everything!

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      "Materials a bit dated...."

      Good lead up and follow through, and well organised discussions on topic materials but something and materials are already a bit dated! Which only shows how fast advancements in sciences are advancing!
      This book is well worth the price and a good read or listen, and I recommend it to everyone!

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      "all you ever wanted to know about things you never"

      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.

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      "thought provoking"

      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.

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