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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
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Published March 11th 2008 by Doubleday (first published 2008)
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Mohamed IBrahim




هذا تحديث بعد ما يقرب من ثلاث سنوات او اقل قليلاٌ من قراءة الكتاب لأنقص نجمة من الاربعة ويصبح التقييم 3 فقط
العديد من افكار كاكو بغض النظر انها خيال علمي من الصعب تحقيقه الا انني بعد دراسة الكثير عن الفيزياء عرفت أنه أهمل تطورات أهم كان يجب التركيز عليها وهي فعلا التي ستحقق النقلة البشرية المستحيل توقعها فى الوقت الراهن

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Servius  Heiner
May 07, 2008 Servius Heiner rated it really liked it
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
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Felicia
Dec 02, 2009 Felicia rated it it was amazing
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.
Trevor
Aug 09, 2009 Trevor rated it really liked it
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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
Oct 22, 2010 John Stevens rated it it was amazing
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"
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Doug
Apr 23, 2008 Doug rated it it was amazing
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
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Marijan
Jan 31, 2016 Marijan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Čovjek se potrudio, nije da nije, ali mi se zavrtjelo u glavi od džepnih univerzuma, antielektrona i stringova...
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
Eric
Jul 16, 2008 Eric rated it it was amazing
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
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Terence
Jul 31, 2012 Terence rated it liked it  ·  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
Mohamed Adam
Sep 27, 2015 Mohamed Adam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
سنة ونصف أقرأ في هذا الكتاب
أدركت فيها جهلي المدقع بالفيزياء وبالحياة
والسنين الضوئية التي يسبقنا بها الغرب في نوعية أبحاثهم وأفكارهم
الكتاب صعب جدا محتاج معرفة جيدة بالفيزياء
كنت أظن أني لم أفهم شيئا من الكتاب
لكن بدا اول تطبيق عملي مع فيلم interstellar ساعدني كتاب ميشيو كاكاو هذا في فهم الفيلم
وأظن ان الفكرة مأخوذة من أحد فصوله
وهذا ليس جديدا على العالم الموهوب ميشيو كاكاو الحاصل على جائزة نوبل في الفيزياء عن نظريته في الأوتار الفائقة
فتم من قبل أخذ فكرة مسلسل The Sliders عن الأكوان المتعددة من
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Laith H
Mar 11, 2015 Laith H rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
برأي هذا الكتاب كنز لمن يريد ان يجدد معلوماته في الفيزياء
مشيو كاكو عرف عنه ان يحاول ان يبسط الفيزياء وكان موفقآ في هذا الكتاب

ميشيو كاكو يقسم المستحيلات الى ثلاث اصناف
1- مستحيلات الصنف الاول : هي تقناة مستحيل اليوم ولكن انها لا تناقض قوانين الفيزياء وبالتالي فهي ممكنه في هذا القرن مثل :
• الحجب عن الرؤيا
• المدافع الاشعاعيه
• النقل الفوري البعيد : وفق نظرية نيوتن فان النقل الفوري مستحيل فنظرية انشتاين تقوم على اساس ان الماده مصنوعه من كرات بلياردو صغيره وصلبه ولكن في نظرية الكوانتم هذا ما يمكن
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Robert C.
Jun 09, 2015 Robert C. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I don't have a TV.

That used to be a radical statement, but now that everything (yes - everything!) is on the Internet, people don't fuss so much.

Thing is though - I don't know people - unless they appear in movies or in the ads that clog up websites.

Which brings us to Michio Kaku.

Without my knowledge, he has sneaked into the world and done stuff like this: he is a futurist, populariser of science, and theoretical physicist, as well as a bestselling author and the host of two radio programs. He i
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Huda
Mar 05, 2015 Huda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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i love love love this book.

There, I had to say that first before I get anything else out.

Searching for the right person to talk to me about science has proven difficult, and I probably didn't even know it was difficult to connect to an author on this subject before I got to know Michio Kaku.

In Physics of the Impossible, readers will explore possibilities of sci-fi features in real-time. So they would be questions like: how close are we to building a force field? Is invisibility actually possib
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Petra
Nov 03, 2014 Petra rated it really liked it
Theories have four stages of acceptance:
i. this is worthless nonsense;
ii. this is interesting, but perverse;
iii. this is true, but quite unimportant;
iv. I always said so.
—J. B. S. HALDANE, 1963

This is book basically deals with the concept of "Impossibility", and arrive at the conclusion that impossibility is a relative concept. Throughout history, notable scientists labeled things impossible, only to be realized in a relatively short time. For example :one of the most prominent scientist of
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Fred Forbes
Apr 04, 2014 Fred Forbes rated it really liked it
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
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Jenny williams
Dec 03, 2012 Jenny williams rated it it was amazing
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
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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

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
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Thaer Dieb
Jul 26, 2014 Thaer Dieb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
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Frank
Jul 24, 2011 Frank rated it liked it
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
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Jake Buchanan
Sep 16, 2012 Jake Buchanan rated it it was amazing
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
Tom
Mar 26, 2010 Tom rated it liked it
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
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
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Khalid
Aug 07, 2009 Khalid rated it really liked it
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
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Caleb
Jun 03, 2014 Caleb rated it really liked it
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
Pavlo
Nov 07, 2014 Pavlo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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Benjamin Kuttner
Jun 13, 2015 Benjamin Kuttner rated it it was amazing
Hey what about making science fun? Linking it to popular sci-fi? These are great ideas in themselves that all science teachers should take note of. The co-founder of of String Field Theory makes this book not only full of mind-boggling science but so easy to read. I have heard the author speaking in London and he is every bit as entertaining in his writing as when he gives live speeches.
Judyta Szaciłło
After a five-star impression that the Author had left me with his "Hyperspace", I couldn't give this book more than a four. I liked it very much, but I didn't feel that interested in all those ray guns, death stars and light sabres. The second and the third part of the book were more like "Hyperspace", exploring the very edge of theoretical physics and its impact on our understanding of the reality - and these parts I liked much better. I can't say I've understood everything, but even the phanto ...more
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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
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“If at first an idea does not sound absurd, then there is no hope for it. —ALBERT EINSTEIN” 21 likes
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