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The New York Times bestselling author of Physics of the Impossible gives us a stunning and provocative vision of the future.
Based on interviews with over three hundred of the world’s top scientists, who are already inventing the future in their labs, Kaku—in a lucid and engaging fashion—presents the revolutionary developments in medicine, computers, quantum physics, and space travel that will forever change our way of life and alter the course of civilization itself.
His astonishing revelations include:
• The Internet will be in your contact lens. It will recognize people’s faces, display their biographies, and even translate their words into subtitles.
• You will control computers and appliances via tiny sensors that pick up your brain scans. You will be able to rearrange the shape of objects.
• Sensors in your clothing, bathroom, and appliances will monitor your vitals, and nanobots will scan your DNA and cells for signs of danger, allowing life expectancy to increase dramatically.
• Radically new spaceships, using laser propulsion, may replace the expensive chemical rockets of today. You may be able to take an elevator hundreds of miles into space by simply pushing the “up” button.
Like Physics of the Impossible and Visions before it, Physics of the Future is an exhilarating, wondrous ride through the next one hundred years of breathtaking scientific revolution. ]
"[A] wide-ranging tour of what to expect from technological progress over the next century or so. . . . fascinating—and related with commendable clarity" —Wall Street Journal
"Mind-bending. . . . Fascinating. . . . Kaku has a gift for explaining incredibly complex concepts, on subjects as far-ranging as nanotechnology and space travel, in language the lay reader can grasp. . . . Engrossing." —San Francisco Chronicle
“Following in the footsteps of Leonardo da Vinci and Jules Verne, Kaku, author of a handful of books about science, looks into the not-so-distant future and envisions what the world will look like. It should be an exciting place, with driverless cars, Internet glasses, universal translators, robot surgeons, the resurrection of extinct life forms, designer children, space tourism, a manned mission to Mars, none of which turn out to be as science-fictiony as they sound. In fact, the most exciting thing about the book is the fact that most of the developments Kaku discusses can be directly extrapolated from existing technologies. Robot surgeons and driverless cars, for example, already exist in rudimentary forms. Kaku, a physics professor and one of the originators of the string field theory (an offshoot of the more general string theory), draws on current research to show how, in a very real sense, our future has already been written. The book’s lively, user-friendly style should appeal equally to fans of science fiction and popular science.” —Booklist
Praise for MICHIO KAKU
“Mesmerizing . . . the reader exits dizzy, elated, and looking at the world in a literally revolutionary way.” —Washington Post Book World
“With his lucid and wry style, his knack for bringing the most ethereal ideas down to earth, and his willingness to indulge in a little scientifically informed futurology now and then. . . . Michio Kaku has written one of the best popular accounts of higher physics.” —Wall Street Journal
“What a wonderful adventure it is, trying to think the unthinkable.” —New York Times Book Review
“An erudite, compelling, insider’s look into the most mind-bending potential of science research.” —Chicago Tribune
“Accessible, entertaining, and inspiring.” —New Scientist
“Mesmerizing information breathtakingly presented . . . thoroughly engaging . . . magnificent!” — Philadelphia Inquirer
“Kaku covers a tremendous amount of material . . . in a clear and lively way.” —Los Angeles Times Book Review