Physics Of The Future: The Inventions That Will Transform Our Lives
- Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date:
- 01 March 2012
- Popular Science
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Are super powers, sentient robots, and flying cars in our future? According to Michio Kaku’s latest book, the answers to that question is probably; not any time soon; and at least floating cars almost definitely. In this book, Kaku makes predictions about what the next 100 years of science will bring and how that science will effect our daily lives. He makes these predictions based on both extensive interviews with scientists doing cutting edge research and his own experience as a researcher.Ever since I read Kaku’s Hyperspace I have been astonished and impressed by his ability to explain complex physics concepts to a general audience. In this book, he applies that ability to other fields as well. Looking at his discussion of my field, bioinformatics, I found that his descriptions were very simplified, but still accurate and contained information I’d be excited to have the general public know. Reading about fields that I’m not familiar with, I appreciated the simplification and found his discussions enjoyable and easy to follow. The constant connections between this science and our future quality of life in particular made the science interesting through relevancy. Kaku does a great job conveying his own excitement too, about not only potential applications but also the basic science.The overall organization was very well done, with one topic leading into the next and sometimes referring to each other so that concepts began to feel familiar. Throughout the book and again at the end, Kaku also draws our attention to the fascinating ethical implications of cutting edge science. He also makes incredible predictions about where that science will go. For both of those reasons, I would highly recommend this book to scientists as well as any non-scientists who’d like to be better informed (which in my opinion, should really be everyone, since that’s who this science is going to affect!). But for scientists in particular, it’s important to always remember three things: the social implications of your work; the ethical implications of your work; and the big dreams we should all be striving for in order to make our daily lives better. This book does a great job bringing home all of those points.
What will your day be like in the year 2100 compared to the day ahead of you when you woke up this morning? In his new book Physics Of The Future, Michio Kaku takes the reader on a tour through the advances in science and technology, painting a vivid picture of our future - from computers to medicine, from space travel to wealth.Both engrossing and very accessibly written, this book does not offer wild speculation, but well-reasoned estimates based on the author’s extensive research in various scientific fields, all lovingly seasoned with excursions into the world of science fiction. I admit, it was the relationship to my favorite fiction genre which made the journey into our future even more absorbing. Quite often fiction authors made spot on predictions, other times science overtakes science fiction’s ideas with ease. And how could I not love the many Star Trek references? In a way, scientific progress is to go where no (wo)man has gone before and this will be where we’re headed in the next century as well.The last chapter, dedicated to what a day in the year 2100 could be like, was both amusing and fascinating, and presents a wonderful conclusion that left me full of awe, a bit of disbelieve, and a lot of hope. A reaction that’s probably not so different had someone in the early 20th century shown us a picture of our lives today.In short: A truly amazing tour into our future!
In this fascinating book, scientist Michio Kaku makes predictions about what life will be like in the near future, middle future, and distant future-- 20, 50, and 100 years from now. The changes are astounding, but believable. All of his predictions are based on research and development already taking place, and historical documentation helps set the stage for the astounding changes to come. I wish I could live long enough to see whether it all comes true! Highly recommended for the tech-minded and those curious about what life might be like at the turn of the next century.
Kaku interviewed over 300 scientists who are working on the inventions of the future. He covers robotics, medicine, space, transportation, computing, nano technology, energy and much more. Each subject is organized into Near future (2000-2030), Midcentury (2030-2070), and Far future (2070-2100). Many of the inventions are amazing and seem to come straight out of science fiction, but some have unusual and disturbing consequences. The focus is on the inventions, not a critique of whether or not society would benefit or the possible adverse consequences. I enjoyed the second half of the book more than than the first.
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