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Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration into the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation, and Time Travel

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20 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

Surprisingly entertaining, provocative book; great for sci-fi enthusiasts as well as anyone interested in what the future may have in store.

This is an entertaining read. Although Mr. Kaku is a quantum physicist, he is able to communicate the relevant concepts very clearly, avoiding most of the jargon and esoterica that someone of his background usually produces (S. Hawking, et al.) . As someone who likes ...
This is an entertaining read. Although Mr. Kaku is a quantum physicist, he is able to communicate the relevant concepts very clearly, avoiding most of the jargon and esoterica that someone of his background usually produces (S. Hawking, et al.) . As someone who likes to think that the impossible is not, this title jumped out and grabbed me.

I believe that whatever man can imagine, he can create. If not now, then sometime. Obviously, Kaku believes this too. But he has the chops to back up his analysis, whereas all I can do is dream.

So, a book like this really hits the spot for me. But I also think the skeptics would find this a worthwhile read, if only for the fun of trying to poke holes in the analysis. I'd wager this will be harder than they think.

posted by J_H_Bytell on July 1, 2009

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8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

A Change of the Way You Think

An in depth look of how things that are seemingly impossible can be proved to happen through physics of the universe. Michio Kaku explores various pieces of the impossible such as becoming invisible, psychokinesis, and teleportation. This is a very interesting and in de...
An in depth look of how things that are seemingly impossible can be proved to happen through physics of the universe. Michio Kaku explores various pieces of the impossible such as becoming invisible, psychokinesis, and teleportation. This is a very interesting and in depth reading and I only suggest it to those who have background physics. I did not have any background in physics and the book was still interesting but I feel I would have had a better grasp on the concepts with more information regarding physics and science. My favorite part of the book was the piece on time travel because it seemed so simple yet it has been disproved so many times.

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  • Posted March 9, 2009

    A must read...

    I found this book to be a great read as well as informative. The author explains the topics so that you don't have to be a scientist to understand the content. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys physics or just wants to explore a different aspect of life.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2014

    Recommend

    Michio Kaku writes a stimulating and perceptive account regarding what may long been regarded as impossible, but with current science, may no longer be so regarded. It is a good account of difficult concepts, presented so the unscientific reader can understand.

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    Posted April 16, 2012

    Loading problem

    A lot of my friends and I tried to downlaod it but it would.not showbany thing on the pages

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  • Posted March 29, 2012

    COMPELLING

    If you are interested in the topics of time travel, worm holes, teleporting, mind reading, and other subjects covered in this book, and ever wondered if they could be possible--by all means read this book. Michio Kaku breaks the current information on these subjects down to a very understandable level. He succeeds in making these subjects interesting without taking away from the truly scientific aspects. He leaves you knowing that the impossible may not always be the impossible, although it may be years and years from now when we have a more complete knowledge of physics and quantam theories, that we are just now becoming aware of. If you are able to accept that not all things can be explained in simple terms, and accept that Mr. Kaku makes it as simple as he can without taking away from the subjects he discusses than grab this book and begin to discover the remarkable.

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  • Posted March 2, 2012

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    simplified science

    Physics of the impossible explores common themes in science fiction, and explains in simplified physics whether such things are possible soon, or far in the future. Kaku has an engaging writing style, and his physics is basic enough that most popular readers would be able to follow. However, I don’t think people who follow physics regularly would enjoy the simplified science. I enjoyed this book, though I have one major complaint: Kaku would give examples of science fiction phenomena from popular novels. Apparently assuming that everyone has read all of these books, he almost always tells the ending of the book. I hadn’t read several of these books and was quite annoyed since telling the end of the book did not add any merit to his own arguments. The book lost star-points because of this problem.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2011

    Far out, man

    This is so deep, if you drop it, you may never find it again. If you have a mind, prepare for it to be blown.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2011

    Amazingly written

    While physics, espcially the physics talked about in this book, is no easy thing to wrap one's mind Kaku does a wonderful job of communicating such advanced information in a simple and very understandable way. Overall great book for those interested in physics.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2009

    Physics of the future

    This book is good for the lay reader interested in finding out what's next in the field of science. This book explores the possible technologies and products that may become applicable in our near future or distant future.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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