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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (27 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michio Kaku Narrator: Feodor Chin Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2011 ISBN: 9780307877062
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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.

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—vessels using laser propulsion—could replace the expensive chemical rockets of today and perhaps visit nearby stars.

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.

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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Physics of the Future] has the ability to surprise and enthrall and frighten.”

    New York Times

  • “Fascinating…[A] wide-ranging tour of what to expect from technological progress over the next century or so.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Kaku is a tireless science popularize…[He gets] the juices of future physicists flowing.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Mind-bending…[An] alternately fascinating and frightening book.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Erudite [and] compelling.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “[Kaku] has the rare ability to take complicated scientific theories and turn them into readable tales about what our lives will be like in the future…Fascinating. And just a little bit spooky.”

    USA Today

  • “A whirlwind tour of technological possibility.”

    New Scientist

  • “Mak[es] the exponential character of technological progress stick in the reader’s head, so that they come to look at the world differently.”

    Sunday Telegraph (London)

  • “[Kaku] has a knack for making complex ideas entertaining.”

    Charlotte Observer

  • “One cannot help but feel buoyed that the miraculous world the author presents may really be less than a hundred years hence.”

    Louisville Courier-Journal

  • [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
  • [Kaku] has the rare ability to take complicated scientific theories and turn them into readable tales about what our lives will be like in the future.....fun...fascinating. And just a little bit spooky USA Today
  • 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
  • Breezy, accessible and cheerily upbeat new book....Kaku’s primary strengths, other than his obvious expertise as a physicist, lie in the lucidity of his explanations....enviable access to many laboratories and research and development departments around the world....scrupulous The Sunday Times (UK)

    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
  • An invigorating experience Christian Science Monitor
  • Kaku covers a tremendous amount of material . . . in a clear and lively way. Los Angeles Times Book Review
  • "Epic in its scope and heroic in its inspiration Scientific American

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Matt Heavner | 2/20/2014

    " this was an entertaining read. But I wouldn't call this a science book. Maybe science fiction. Maybe fluff. It is entertaining. I found myself annoyed at some of the "linguistics of the future" attempts (such a word will disappear from the language..) and some very basic bad science popping in -- I remember one specific phrase about the level of a society will be measured by "electrons flowing in the fiber optic cables" -- parse that again for me?!? I found this to be speculation, too much ego, and not enough physics (to include that in the title). A better title would be "My Imagined Future" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 2/3/2014

    " 300 leading scientists were interviewed to give us a glimpse of life by the year 2100. Abundent, cheap energy, instant detection of disease, controlling objects telepathically, driving cars on magnetic roads that reduces fuel consumption drastically and living way past 100 while still looking 30. These are some of the things to come as long as the human race doesn't destroy itself first. Ultimately positive, it gives real hope for the future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve Reid | 1/27/2014

    " Excellent book in his depth of foretelling the future, a little sophomoric in the way he constantly refers to ancient history to start his chapters. e.g., He'll write something like "The ancient gods lived forever and man can only aspire to such godlike longevity, but in the study of the human genome could lie the secret to everlasting life." Otherwise the book is very organized, six large chapters covering things like AI and medicine and divided into three time periods: up to 2030, 2030 to 2050 and 2050 to 2100. A slow go here and there but the guy knows what he's talking about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben Shih | 1/19/2014

    " Very intriguing concepts presented, but didn't like writing style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 1/19/2014

    " Slow reading. Science fiction backed up with reality. A hi tech approach to what life might be like in the future. You get a few glimpses as to what is being studied and tested in laboratories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joye | 1/16/2014

    " I loved this book! It was hopeful and so fascinating. I would recommend it highly to any science buffs! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 1/6/2014

    " fun thoughts for the future, maybe not so scary after all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alicia | 9/25/2013

    " Most ridiculously poorly written book you will ever totally enjoy - the content is amazing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 E Goldberg | 8/2/2013

    " Guess what I was hoping for is the 'Future of Physics' but this was actually futurology with a dose of speculative technology (not much physics). Not too exciting. Thank goodness for libraries. At least I didn't buy it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 H. | 7/9/2013

    " This book is fantastic. We are on the brink of changing our future and making history. So cool. An inspiration. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick F. | 3/30/2013

    " Pretty interesting read overall. Minor complaints on his knowledge of the past, but then again, that is not his forte. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 12/17/2012

    " Makes ya think. I hope to be around to see some of these changes. Others, I'm not so sure. I do love his writing. He makes me feel smart b/c he's so good at describing complex physics! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samuel Lubell | 12/17/2012

    " Science nonfiction. Very well written and containing enough ideas for a dozen SF books. I liked this more than most science boos. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie | 6/16/2012

    " Great book, very informative. I love how everything was backed up and explained very well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel | 4/8/2012

    " awesome book. Anyone who is interested in physics and the future should check this out. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ted | 2/25/2012

    " Lacking in depth. Promising topic but disapointing execution. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Victoria Caro | 2/4/2012

    " Great read to get a quick update on what is going on in the science world. Mr. Kaku does not have a cristal ball and he makes it clear. The book is simply a reasonable peek into the future based on the science that is currently researched...and yet, what is "reasonably" coming is fascinating! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joseph Roach | 7/20/2011

    " I really liked the current and near-future applications in the book but sped through a lot of the lofty future stuff. Well written. Gets you excited for our future technologies. Science ultimately comes down to physics. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 5/23/2011

    " Can only tell you if this is good in 89 years, when we'll know how many of the predictions turned out. However, it is certainly interesting and gives a nice, broad overview of cutting edge physics across artificial intelligence, health care, energy, and so forth. Good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gayle | 5/16/2011

    "

    Amazing and sort of scary too... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rod | 5/8/2011

    " Excellent book on the future but a little scary.
    First 5 star rating I've ever given. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jildodge | 5/7/2011

    " Excellent - he makes physics understandable and also explains clearly practical, everyday applications to come. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Reggie | 5/7/2011

    " Fantastic! Striking resemblance to previous "Physics of the Impossible" Captivating read nonetheless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 5/2/2011

    " I did really like it and I really thought I was understanding it for awhile, then it went beyond my imagination to perceive. I will re-visit this book again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 5/1/2011

    " Makes me want to live a hundred years; makes me think I might. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 MOG | 4/9/2011

    " I didn't know that a missing Jules Vern manuscript was discovered and published in 1994. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 4/8/2011

    " WOW . .If this is what it's going to be like in the next century, I want to stick around and see it. "

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About the Author
Author Michio Kaku

Michio Kaku is the Henry Semat Professor of theoretical physics at the CUNY Graduate Center, a leader in the field of theoretical physics, and cofounder of string field theory. He is the author of several widely acclaimed science books, including Parallel Worlds, Visions, Beyond Einstein, Hyperspace, and Physics of the Impossible—the basis for his Science Channel television show, Sci-Fi Science: Physics of the Impossible—and the host of two radio programs, Explorations and Science Fantastic. He has written for Time, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Discover Magazine, the London Daily Telegraph, New Scientist Magazine, and other periodicals.

About the Narrator

Feodor Chin is a two-time winner of the AudioFile EArphones Award. He is an actor classically trained at the American Conservatory Theater and UCLA. His acting career includes numerous credits in film, television, theater, and voice-over. For more information please visit FeodorChin.com.