Teleportation, time machines, force fields, and interstellar space ships—the stuff of science fiction or potentially attainable future technologies? Inspired by the fantastic worlds of Star Trek, Star Wars, and Back to the Future, renowned theoretical physicist and bestselling author Michio Kaku takes an informed, serious, and often surprising look at what our current understanding of the universe's physical laws may permit in the near and distant future.Entertaining, informative, and imaginative, Physics of the Impossible probes the very limits of human ingenuity and scientific possibility.
In this latest effort to popularize the sciences, City University of New York professor and media star Kaku (Hyperspace) ponders topics that many people regard as impossible, ranging from psychokinesis and telepathy to time travel and teleportation. His Class I impossibilities include force fields, telepathy and antiuniverses, which don't violate the known laws of science and may become realities in the next century. Those in Class II await realization farther in the future and include faster-than-light travel and discovery of parallel universes. Kaku discusses only perpetual motion machines and precognition in Class III, things that aren't possible according to our current understanding of science. He explains how what many consider to be flights of fancy are being made tangible by recent scientific discoveries ranging from rudimentary advances in teleportation to the creation of small quantities of antimatter and transmissions faster than the speed of light. Science and science fiction buffs can easily follow Kaku's explanations as he shows that in the wonderful worlds of science, impossible things are happening every day.
Picked this up after browsing through this and Kaku's other titles. Great read and I will be sure to look at his other works now. Topics covered were all very interesting and broadly chosen. Michio's narrative style I have seen from television comes through well as an author. With the exception of the last two chapters, I found them all to be quite understandable and great at getting the juices flowing and a thirst for more secrets to be revealed. The chapter on potential extraterrestrials was unlike anything I have seen or read before. Totally logical and incredibly straightforward. He rides the balance between scientist and entertainer flawlessly. Thanks for the read!
Physics of the impossible
The. Only criticism is that I did not read it back when it was published.
I have read quite a few books about the science behind science fiction but this one of my favorites. It has clear concise theories tied with real life applications. Highly recommended this book!