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Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100

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  • Posted May 30, 2012

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    I enjoyed this book by Michio Kaku. I have several of his other

    I enjoyed this book by Michio Kaku. I have several of his others and have always found them beneficial to expanding my understanding. As with the other books, the writing style is very smooth and flows great. Kaku has a real knack for explaining the complex to the average Joe and I greatly appreciate that.

    I also liked the way he divided the various topics into short term, mid-term and long range thinking. This slice and dice approach made the book read much better than if he had tried to shoehorn all three time frames into a single heading.

    As a critique, there were 3 things I was frustrated with. Frustrated is the wrong word. Minor annoyance is better:
    1. There was no mention of LENR (Low Energy Nuclear Reaction). This field is really beginning to gain ground in the past year. Oh sure, there are snake oil salesman out there but there is also some serious work being produced. Regarding the world’s energy problems, this would be the greatest gift to mankind since the printing press. I would love to have heard his take on this fledging field.
    2. I was disappointed to not see Jack Horner an American paleontologist mentioned in the section explaining the potential to recreate ancient animals including the dinosaur. As most people that even have a casual interest in science knows Horner is currently engaged in reverse engineering a chicken through genetic manipulation thereby hoping to create a quasi-dinosaur.
    3. In the artificial intelligence section, I was pleased to see the mention of IBM’s big blue but was sorely upset to not read about the strides made by Watson. You know, the Jeopardy Champion.

    As a final assessment, I believe authors that are trying to reach a mass audience should avoid the overuse controversial figures such as Richard Dawkins. While he may be a fine scientist, he is much better known for his radical atheist activism. This turns a large number of people off. There are many fine cutting edge scientists doing work in evolutionary genetics and it is my personal opinion that Kaku would have served his readers better by picking one of them to interview and include in the tome.

    With these observations stated, I continue to say I really enjoyed the book and look for to Mr. Kaku’s future work. The world needs bold thinkers If we are to stop killing each other and advance our civilization.

    I hope you find this review / opinion helpful.

    Michael L. Gooch, SPHR – Author of Wingtips with Spurs.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 9, 2011

    Kaku goes pop

    Far from his best writing, this book was still entertaining but in the form of light reading. Can't blame the author for this trend he is pursuing as he is only trying to appeal to a broader audience which equals more money in his pocket. I much prefer his earlier works that force one to think a little: recalling concepts from a college modern physics and/or dif-eq course taken many years ago. However, it is Summer and this book is perfect for lounging in a hammock in the shade on a lazy afternoon.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted January 2, 2014

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  • Posted February 8, 2013

    I really like this book

    It is a fascinating read. Michio takes a very "cup is half full," view of the future. I share much of his vision and really looked forward to each chapter. But, he draws out each idea. Some of his thoughts are repeated over and over. The book could have been a bit shorter by omitting these repetitions. But don't let that stop you from reading this book. It is very interesting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2012

    To infinity and beyond....

    Very interesting and insightful book. Offers some optimistic outlooks for the future of humanity, assuming we achieve the status of a Class 1 planetary civilization.

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