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A fascinating exploration of the science of the impossible—from death rays and force fields to invisibility cloaks—revealing to what extent such technologies might be achievable decades or millennia into the future.

One hundred years ago, scientists would have said that lasers, televisions, and the atomic bomb were beyond the realm of physical possibility. In Physics of the...more
Hardcover, 329 pages
Published March 11th 2008 by Doubleday (first published 2008)
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Mohamed Ibrahim
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من هو ميتشيو كاكو ؟

هو عالم الفيزياء الامريكي الشهير والمختص بالفيزياء النظرية ، ولد في 24 يناير 1947، بسان خوسيه، كاليفورنيا من والدين يابانيين مهاجرين إلى الولايات ا...more
Servius  Heiner
May 07, 2008 Servius Heiner rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Servius Heiner by: anyone who enjoys science
Shelves: science
This book is standard Michio Kaku. He starts off discussing the three classes of impossibilities. (Understand that much of what you would think of as impossible is not really impossible. In order to be proven impossible it must break a law of physics, there is not much that does.)

“Class 1 Impossibilities: These are technologies that are impossible today but that do not violate the known laws of physics. So they might be possible in this century, or perhaps the next, in modified form. They includ...more
Looking for something substantive? Look for this author, his books are so interesting and engrossing. Here he dissects all the Sci-Fi tropes and explains how each of them is impossible, or what the hell it would take to make it a reality. I learned quite a lot and it was not too jumbled for a non-scientist like me to read.
There is no denying that this is an interesting book and one that presented many of the problems of physics in a way that is comprehensive, comprehensible and engaging. I think other people (people with a greater interest in science fiction, particularly) will find this book even more interesting than I did and more accessible than your standard pop science book on physics. I hadn’t realised I knew quite so little about science fiction – I hadn’t ever really thought about the fact that I hadn’t...more
John Stevens
Dr. Michio Kaku is perhaps the or one of the most brilliant minds in theoretical physics living today. I've seen him present several concepts and theories on the Discovery Channel.
I am a man who truly appreciates the marvel of theoretical physics. The stuff of Albert Einstein. Although I have some education along these lines and have watched and read quite a lot, I still find it very difficult to follow.
In this book/audio book, Dr. Kaku takes us on a journey into all of those "sci-fi sciences"...more
Great introduction to current issues in Physics - without the pain of complex equations. Also, fun as the author esplores the plausibility of the physics in the Star Trek, Star Wars, and Time travel movies and books.
Ben Babcock
I was never promised a flying car.

What I mean to say is that my generation was never the generation of flying cars. We grew up knowing better. It’s been seventy years since we started breaking open atomic nuclei to harness their incredible capacity for destruction and creation, and we are still sucking fossilized plants from the bowels of the Earth and lighting it on fire as fuel. My parents grew up watching men go to the moon. I grew up watching NASA’s budget bleeding out on the table, their sh...more
While I really liked this book, a lot, it felt incomplete to me in that much of the math and science behind these concepts is not very in depth. Sure, it's not a text book, but I would have liked to have seen equations or at least references to something that could explain the math.

Also, while there is a TARDIS on the cover, there is no TARDIS, and no mention of Doctor Who at all in the book. I felt slightly cheated, but not enough to not give it a five star rating.

Oh, and the other quibble. V...more
Jenny williams
I love Michio Kaku's approach, theories and views. I follow his website from time to time to see what different discoveries he makes every day. Physics Of The Impossible is a novel that requires some background knowledge and understanding of physics to truly get what he is saying. This book had example after example after example of all of the different things they said we would NEVER be able to do as a human race and just a decade or so later we are doing far more than what scientists said was...more
Jul 31, 2012 Terence rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Steve Semon
Recommended to Terence by: Xmas present (2011) from the nieces
Shelves: science-general
Michio Kaku is nothing if not optimistic. Is there anything currently in the realm of SF that we cannot do (in some fashion), eventually? Apparently not. Even perpetual motion and precognition may be possible with a better understanding of our universe (or multiverse). In Physics of the Impossible, Kaku, theoretical physicist and one of the developers of string theory, looks at some of the common technologies found in SF and discusses – in a very general and user-friendly way – whether or not th...more
Muhammad Shakhawat Hossain
How often do you wonder about The Future? Can you conceive of the technologies people are going to use in the next millennium? Or is it at all conceivable? Is the ever growing ‘Technology Monster’ finally going to define or explain ‘every’ phenomenon around us some time in the far future? What about super intelligent extraterrestrials? Do they really exist? Are they going to invade us like the Hollywood ones? Can humans use psychokinesis in their regular lives as Jean Grey does in the X-Men comi...more
They speak only the truth when the haters call string theorist Michio Kaku desperately nutty but none who believes this would then impute him for writing a bad book. And good news for the equation-phobes as Dr. Kaku stays well clear of his pet subject in Physics of the Impossible, excepting a flip riposte to the current backlash against string theory in the final chapter (but if you're interested in the world of vibrating strings after all, I would recommend skipping The Elegant Universe by Bria...more
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Kaku (Parallel Worlds, Beyond Einstein, Hyperspace) introduces complex theories of physics to general readers. As The Economist notes, Kaku "makes a good stab at explaining difficult physics. But his grasp of his subject is perhaps trumped by his knowledge of science fiction." While Kaku writes in language designed to captivate nonscience readers, it's his references to pop culture

Fred Forbes
When the author appeared at a convention I attended last year I was surprised not to have heard of him as he was listed as a NY Times best seller. I was impressed enough with his talk to order a couple of his books, this one among them.

He divides phenomena into 3 levels of the impossible. Class I impossibilities are those that are "impossible today but that do not violate the known laws of physics." Examples would include teleportation, antimatter engines and "certain forms of telepathy, psychok...more
Dr. Michio Kaku's "Physics of the Impossible" is the type of book that blows you mind open with the possibilites. Dr. Kaku is one of the most prolific physicists on the modern age. In "Physics of the Impossible" he explores the realistic possibilities of the science fiction of today becoming the science fact in the not too distant future.

In fact, for the most part, the stuff of sci-fi novels will not only become the fodder for tomarrow's non-fiction novels but the fiction may be near childs play...more
Jake Buchanan
When you think of a high school science fair, I'm sure memories of Baking Soda volcanoes and potato light bulbs come racing to mind. Kaku had a different plan; he built an Atom smasher (also called a particle accelerator) in his basement. This led him on the fast track to a successful life as a theoretical physicist, popularizing science for much of the public eye. Kaku has done this by appearing on many television shows, hosting talk radio shows, and even writing books. In Michio Kaku's 2008 b...more
عبد الرحمن نادي
الكثير من الفيزياء ، بعض الخيال ، و القليل من الرياضة .

صنف المؤلف الكتاب إلي ثلاث أجزاء ، الأول مستحيلات النوع الأول التي استهلكت معظم جهد المؤلف ، الثاني مستحيلات النوع الثاني ، و الثالث مستحيلات النوع الثالث التي ربما من المستحيل تماما أن تتحقق في أي زمن .

مستحيلات النوع الأول هي تطبيقات فيزيائية صعب أن تتحق بقدراتنا الحالية ، لكن من المحتمل جدا أن تتحقق خلال هذا القرن ، كلها تقيربا تعتمد علي الطاقة بشكل أساسي ، و توفير كمية معينة - ضخمة غالا - من الطاقة سيؤدي إلى تنفيذها فورا ، مثل حقول الطاقة...more
This book is one of the best books in science. The approach the author follows is really interesting. He would take things that are available in science fiction, and discuss how they can be possible in real life, using real physics. He starts with attainable things, until he gets to the really impossible things.

This book gives you a very interesting perspective on physics, and is definitely worth reading for any science fiction enthusiast. Part of what I read from it is that science fiction writ...more
Given that I'm relatively new to the scientific world, I found all of this book to be entirely fascinating. It introduced me to the world of technology that may indeed be possible some day like time travel machines, force fields, psychokinesis. The list goes on. Most of it was presented so that a fairly intelligent reader can understand, but there were, however, some parts that could use a little clarification for those who aren't as scientifically educated. Kaku never goes too in depth on any o...more
Ця книга - справжня продушина для тих, кого серйозно засмучує неможливість міжзоряних польотів або подорожей у часі, для тих, хто не хоче миритися із обмеженнями, накинутими на людські фантазії законами сучасної фізики.

Легко і жваво написана, "Фізика неможливого" є класним прикладом того, якою має бути науково-популярна література. В ній всього є потрохи: трохи серйозної науки, трохи анекдотів з життя вчених (деякі навіть пікантні), трохи моралізаторства. Але головне, що вся книга просякнута бе...more
Angela Moxon
This book really wasn't as hard to read as you might think it would be. I absolutely love sci-fi whther its books, television shows or movies, so for me this book was like a smorgasbord of food for the brain!

It used real science to discuss how typical things found in science fiction could or could not be possible. So if you've ever wondered if Stargates are real or if we may someday be able to fire those photon torpedoes, I suggest you get a copy of this book and sit down for a nice fulfilling r...more
Mi Camino Blanco
¿Algunas de las tecnologías que hoy consideramos imposibles podrían ser habituales en el futuro? Con este planteamiento, el autor da un repaso a una lista de imposibilidades que hoy pertenecen al ámbito de la ciencia ficción o la superchería y desgrana las leyes físicas y las investigaciones que pudieran muy bien hacerlas realidad en un futuro más o menos lejano.

Su división en tres categorías (cosas imposibles pero probables en un futuro cercano, cosas imposibles pero probables en un futuro muy...more
This book caught my attention. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to know more about physics and the future of new discoveries. It is a good tool to use for learning history on science. It would also help anyone who wants to know about new technology. This book would be for young adults and older. It is a hard book to understand. Background in physics helps you to understand what is happening.
Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration Into the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation, and Time Travel is a book by theoretical physicist Michio Kaku. Kaku uses discussion of speculative technologies to introduce topics of fundamental physics to the reader. The topic of invisibility becomes a discussion on why the speed of light is slower in water than in vacuum, that electromagnetism is similar to ripples in a pond, and Kaku discusses newly developed composite materials. Th...more
Derson Manhique
Neste livro, Michio Kaku analisa algumas tecnologias que tem feito parte do universo da ficção científica, serão elas possíveis?
Ele dividiu em três categorias :

As impossibilidades de classe I - onde temos as tecnologias que estão atualmente numa fase primitiva ou "...tecnologias que são hoje impossíveis, mas não violam as leis da física conhecidas". Bom, nesta primeira parte eu fiquei bem surpreendido ao saber que existe uma luz no fundo do túnel para algumas dessas tecnologias, telepatia, naves...more
Rick Silva
Michio Kaku explores the physics behind some of the most common concepts in science fiction. His system of organizing "impossibilities" into three classes (possible in the next century, possible for an extremely advanced civilization, and requiring a rewriting of the laws of physics as currently understood) is an engaging gimmick. Much of the fun in this book is just seeing how Kaku classified each of the proposed technologies.

Interestingly, out of all of the speculative future-tech that he exa...more
Thaer Dieb
كتاب أكثر بكثير من رائع
يتحدث الكتاب عن ما يبدو حاليا من المستحيلات ويشرح الاسس الفيزيائية له ويصنف الكتاب هذه المستحيلات لثلاثة اصناف
الصنف الاول مستحيل ولكنه لا يعارض قوانين الفيزياء الحالية وقد بدات اختبارات تقنية على نطاق ضيق على تحقيق هذه الظواهر مثل الاختفاء عن الرؤية وبالتالي فمستحيلات هذا الصنف رمبا تكون قابلة للتحقيق في القرن الحالي او الذي يليه
الصنف الثاني هو ما يقع على حدو الفهم الحالي لقوانين الفيزياء مثل السفر عبر الثقوب الدودية والات الزمن وهذه قد تحتاج لالاف السنين حتى تتحقق هذا اذ...more
Jennifer Kim
I love this book because it helps me believe in one of my biggest passions – space travel. After I had taken a class in Astronomy in junior high school, I wanted to be an astronaut. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be because I suffer from motion sickness.

In the previous book review (On the Wings of Eagles), I’ve mentioned that Michio Kaku is one of those people I want to meet and talk to, just for a while, because I find them fascinating. Well, the reason I want to meet him is because he has the uncan...more
Gerhardt Himmelmann
In Physics of the Impossible, physicist Michio Kaku picks out some common science-fiction tropes, grades them into three categories of impossibility, and then discusses current work in theoretical physics that touches on the fictional technology in some way.

I like Kaku’s taxonomy. He distinguishes between technology that violates no known physical laws but hasn’t actually been built yet (“Class I impossibilities”), technology that is based on the fringes of theoretical physics and whose possibil...more
Vojin Drobnjak
Great book by one of most famous physics today, trying to explain interesting subjects, that are not possible at this moment, but maybe some day can be, written as close as it can be to regular reader (but of course with at least some interest in science and sci fi). If you are sci fan, than this is must read book. You will for sure find at least some topic that you have been always wondered about.

As he noted himself, Einstein liked to visualise everything, so that may be one general thing miss...more
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(Arabic: ميشيو كاكو)
Dr. Michio Kaku is an American theoretical physicist at the City College of New York , best-selling author, a futurist, and a communicator and popularizer of science. He has written several books about physics and related topics of science.

He has written two New York Times Best Sellers, Physics of the Impossible (2008) and Physics of the Future (2011).

Dr. Michio is the co-found...more
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