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

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

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385530804
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/15/2011
Pages: 389
Sales rank: 284,939
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

MICHIO KAKU is a professor of physics at the CUNY Graduate Center, cofounder of string field theory, and the author of several widely acclaimed science books, including Physics of the Impossible, also the basis for his Science Channel show and two radio programs, Explorations and Science Fantastic.

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M_L_Gooch_SPHR More than 1 year ago
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.
TheodoreTj More than 1 year ago
This is textbook science 101 in it's simplest form. Michio explains everything from stars, the future , to space travel in detail and upmost simplest terms. I would sign up for his classes but there is a LONG waiting period, so I guess his books will do. Enjoy readers!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a solid five stars, anyone who enjoys to think about the possibilities of what the future holds in store for mankind will enjoy this book. Not only that but Kaku rights it in such a way that it is easy to understand even if you are completely uneducated.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this now and enjoy the ride, or be shocked by the next year or decade. Do not get stuck asking yourself "now why didn't I see this coming." The USA needs to take the future in its hands.
Wardswoods More than 1 year ago
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.
KanoDan More than 1 year ago
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.
RolfDobelli More than 1 year ago
Michio Kaku is the lay reader’s dream – an accomplished scientist who communicates intricate concepts in a way anyone can comprehend. In his book, Kaku offers a deeply researched study of the technologies that will create society’s future. He tackles everything from computer screens on contact lenses to magnetic levitation, artificial intelligence and nanotechnology. To keep his treatise reader-friendly, he brings in examples from Greek mythology, Star Trek and the Terminator movies. At times Kaku seems a bit too optimistic about the gee-whiz direction of the world, which he believes eventually will be free of cancer, car crashes and the ravages of aging. But he does temper some of his predictions: He points out the limits of stem cells and artificial intelligence, and he notes the dangers of global warming. getAbstract recommends his analysis to readers seeking an erudite but easy-to-digest survey of the innovations shaping the future.
DKO1946 More than 1 year ago
A wonderful, easy to read book about what our future will be like. Makes learning fun and interesting.
amo526 More than 1 year ago
While reading Stephen Hawkins gives one well-researched, thorough information and purports to be reader-friendly, I'm left to scratch my head at the end of each paragraph; forced to re-read it several times in order to digest the material. On the other hand, Michio Kaku has the rare gift to take that same information and churn it into a book that maintains the reader's interest while not reducing the subject into pablum. The book is not loaded with complex theories and formulae. Rather, it gives a clear insight into the future that will be of interest to just about anyone. This is not a book whose appeal is not limited to the scientifically oriented. At the same time, it is not insultingly written in the manner of a "Dummies" book.
YevinKevak More than 1 year ago
Michio Kaku’s Physics of the Future is an entertaining, fascinating, and utterly interesting read for anyone. It takes the reader into the future using the top notch technology today and the known laws of physics. The book is divided into nine chapters with titles such as future of computers, nanotechnology, and future of space travel. Each chapter is further divided into sections of near future, middle 2040 to 2070, and distant future 2070 to 2100. Kaku uses his vast and diverse experiences in labs, hosting tv shows, speaking with professors, and using the latest technologies. Physics of the Future is a science based book, however, it is not hard to understand or tough to get through. Kaku blends his personal experience, up and coming science, and the laws of physics to make bold predictions for the future. I would highly recommend this book for younger readers interested in physics or people interested in the future. For more advanced readers with a background in physics I'd say this book would be pretty simple compared to Kaku’s other works on hyperspace and black holes. Kaku does well to use metaphor and analogy to explain complex topics, however he does not delve deep into the physics and sciences of the predictions. Overall I’d give this book a four out of five and recommend to anyone who wants to know more about the future of science.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really like this book, it makes you think and realize how advanced we are. I wiuld reccomend it to anyone ho likes science.
Jivan_Khakee More than 1 year ago
Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100 by Michio Kaku is an very enjoyable and convincing view of how our world may look in 100 years. He speaks about many aspects that may change in our society such as: advances in computers, telecommunications, and artificial intelligence to name a few. Overall a very insightful read which should definitely be remembered as we move into a rapidly more technologically advanced era in human history. I would have liked to have heard about the effects that our increasing demand for more advanced technology will have on the environment, but this is a minor annoyance. Overall, a great read that I encourage anyone to take a look at.
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Larry78 More than 1 year ago
Since I am writer of Science Fiction; Kaku’s books turns by Mind into Jell-O. His unique stile of writing, which can be understood by the average person reading his books; puts them in a dream state of mind. They really want to believe what he says will come about. Since I know in my own very old mind that wobbles in an out of reality all the time; these events will happen. They must happen in this troubled world of today. Kaku’s mind aided with his excellent research and analytical ability ripples the wave of reality just like a Robin and a Golden bird flying toward Heaven have rippled our Hearts. They alerted my Soul like Kaku’s books altered my mind. Buy Kaku’s books today.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a great read for the most part, well laid out in the way it moved from one topic to the logical next topic. The things we humans are imagining today are incredible. That said, however, as much as I like Dr. Kaku, I found his writing style to be tediously self-absorbed. For example, he writes "When I keynoted a major Microsoft tech conference . . . " as opposed to the more minimalist, less grandiose "While attending a Microsoft tech conference . . . " The fact that he was a keynote speaker at the conference adds nothing to the topic and has no importance other than to Dr. Kaku's ego. I found that annoying.
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tomdme More than 1 year ago
Best Non-Fiction Book I ever read... Because I read Physics of the Future I can see clearly now. There are things that you might like to know about the past, the present and the future. Read it and take a look at the years 2020, 2050, 2080, and 2100. You will be so amazed that you will hope that you live that long to see this wonderful tomorrow.
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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.