Physics of the Future

Physics of the Future

How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100

Book - 2011 | 1st ed
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Imagine, if you can, the world in the year 2100.

In Physics of the Future , Michio Kaku--the New York Times bestselling author of Physics of the Impossible --gives us a stunning, provocative, and exhilarating vision of the coming century based on interviews with over three hundred 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 the revolutionary developments taking place in medicine, computers, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, energy production, and astronautics.

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--needle-sized vessels using laser propulsion--could replace the expensive chemical rockets of today and perhaps visit nearby stars. Advances in nanotechnology may lead to the fabled space elevator, which would propel humans hundreds of miles above the earth's atmosphere at the push of a button.

But these astonishing revelations are only the tip of the iceberg . 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. He addresses the key questions: Who are the winner and losers of the future? Who will have jobs, and which nations will prosper?

All the while, Kaku illuminates the rigorous scientific principles, examining the rate at which certain technologies are likely to mature, how far they can advance, and what their ultimate limitations and hazards are. 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.

Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385530804
Branch Call Number: 303.4830112 KAK 2011
Characteristics: xviii, 289 p

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thebritlass
Apr 01, 2015

Kaku does a great job of explaining scientific concepts and theories in a way that the lay person can understand. The premises in this book are speculative (hence the title) but given how fast scientific gains have been made in the past, it is fascinating to muse on what may lay ahead.

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StarGladiator
Nov 13, 2013

On a personal level, Prof. Kaku is a very likeable, intelligent fellow, but on an objective level, especially when he starts pontificating on global finance and economics (has he read ANYTHING about these subjects?) he sounds like a complete idiot! Similarly, when he goes off on his futurist rants he simply doesn't come across as particularly believable. Sure, we all hope for utopia, but the banking cartel and their minions appear to have different goals and agendas.

Ramzlowe Sep 06, 2013

I seen this guy not too long ago straddeling like he was a bit estranged. I wanted to help because he is important to society, so I thought to myself since he's the emperor of String Theory, maybe we should take him to a string concerto?

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SunKing2
Apr 12, 2012

Not very impressive. There's very little science in this, just a lot of stuff you've probably already heard about written obviously not by the "author" and whose audience is apparently maybe 12 years old. Take a critical look at the content of this book; you'll agree. Oh by the way, the author is a famous physicist. Now assess it again.

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sandiseattle
Feb 25, 2012

Great read. Not sure I'm as optimistic as Kaku about where we will be by 2100 tho'.

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mcmbpl
Nov 22, 2011

recom economist

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8217549
Oct 16, 2011

my kid found this book fascinating

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