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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. The result is th
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Published March 15th 2011 by Anchor
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Kim Pallister
Apr 01, 2012 Kim Pallister rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was a horrible book. I gave up on it a third of the way through. I'm not sure why people give the author high marks. Perhaps his earlier works are better and he phone this one in.

The book claims to look at scientific advances in a number of fields (computers, biology, etc), and drawing from interviews with hundreds of leading scientists, make predictions about the next 90 years.

What it does instead is the worst kind of pop-science futurism. The author picks and chooses from science that sup
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Michael
Lot of thrilling stuff here in one competent package from a scientist who puts on a futurologist’s hat to give us a tour of how far science will advance and change society over the next 100 years. His topics cut a broad swath with chapters on each of the following: computers, artificial intelligence, medicine, nanotechnology, energy, space travel, wealth, and humanity’s stages of civilization. It’s fun to hear from a knowledgeable writer just how likely it is we will achieve many of the themes o ...more
Robert Kroese
I got this book out of the local library because I heard the author on NPR and the book sounded interesting. I'm doing research for a near-future sci-fi novel and this sounded right up my alley.

First of all, the title is a misnomer. This book should be called Technology of the Future, as it's only tangentially about physics. The prose is painfully bad at times, tending toward cliches and mixed metaphors. Consider this gem, for example:

"Like a kid in a candy store, he delights in delving into unc
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Efka
Mar 29, 2016 Efka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Apie šią knygą galima kalbėti daug ir ilgai, bet pakaks pasakyti tiek: jei išsipildys bent trečdalis to, ką Michio Kaku numano, kaip galimą žmonijos ateitį, mes iš esmės būsim dievais. Bent jau pagal tradicinį, antikinį ar pagoniškąjį dievų supratimą.

Taip, yra ir čia keistų prognozių. Yra ir tokių prognozių, kurios jau po keletos metų po knygos išleidimo nepasitvirtino ("Naftos barelis šiuo metu kainuoja apie 120 dolerių ir nepanašu, kad ateityje dėl ko nors ši kaina turėtų kristi"), bet yra ir
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Gendou
May 01, 2011 Gendou rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, futurism
This books is more about the TECHNOLOGY of the future than the physics thereof.
Really, if you've kept up with Tech news, you can just skip reading this book...
I counted no fewer than 34 references to "God" or "gods", a bad sign on it's own.
There is more time dedicated to ancient mythology than to actual physics!
The most annoying is the indicative future used without proper qualifiers.
For example, he says something "will happen", instead of examining the LIKELIHOOD that it will happen.
This is Kak
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Mike Mullin
Excellent when Kaku focuses on technology, physics or string theory. When he veers onto other topics such as history, education, or culture Kaku produces about one WTF? statement per page. Not only are his opinions on these subjects often totally unsupported by evidence, they occasionally contradict other assertions found a few pages away. Even when Kaku sticks with what he knows, his predictions for the future seem almost laughably optimistic and naive. Every problem has a technological solutio ...more
Marty Essen
Nov 01, 2015 Marty Essen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is probably not a book some hard-core science fuddy-duddy is going to enjoy. But if you are just fascinated by learning new things or contemplating the future, this soft-core science book is for you.

For me, any book that makes learning fun is a good one. Just think of how many people will pick up Professor Kaku's book that haven't read much more than a science-related newspaper article since high school!

My favorite sections of Physics of the Future were the chapters on the Future of Energy
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Pamela (slytherpuff)
See more of my reviews at Bettering Me Up.

I was really disappointed in this book. I was expecting more information on physics (darn the title for misleading me!) and was instead presented with a book about the future of technology. Which is cool, since that's my field of expertise and I've seen some of the things that Kaku mentioned in the book.

There were some glaring omissions (where is Virgina Tech's CHARLI? And no DARwin? He's the RoboCup champ, for goodness sake!) in the AI section, though i
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Colin Bendell
Sep 01, 2011 Colin Bendell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow. I'm super excited about the future! Michio Kaku connects work being accomplished the labs with the applications in the future. This isn't about imagining some mythical utopia, but looking at the discoveries and inventions that exist today and how they can be combined and utilized in the future once the economies of scale and mass production are flushed out.

For example: We already can remotely control micro robots and we have the ability to analyze cells on a single micro chip. In the futur
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Jennifer
Jan 07, 2016 Jennifer rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This was an interesting book for me. I'm a scientist myself, but my field, geology, tends to look into the past rather than the future. It made me more aware of the upcoming breakthroughs in physics, medicine and computers. I liked the fact the author is a quantum physicist himself and fully knowledgeable about these ideas and actually got to physically test and see the technology himself. I had no idea how far away we are from creating a true artificial intelligence and nanotechnology, but how ...more
Sam
May 01, 2012 Sam rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read a couple hundred pages on an airplane, and I regret having made an impulse-purchase of this book in the airport bookstore. Like others, I was disturbed by the poor writing (annoying tone, repetitive and useless allusions to mythology, weird Star Trek obsession...). And as others stressed (and which if I'd had more time before my flight I might have realized by skimming more thoroughly before purchasing), this book has practically no physics in it. At some point I might go back and read so ...more
Bryan Alexander
Physics of the Future is a light, breezy account of where many scientists and technologists saw their fields advancing as of 2011. It's a nice historical document in that way, and also a very easy to read sketch of the future from an expert perspective. It's also a very positive, optimistic book.

Michio Kaku breaks things down by scientific and technological disciplines, exploring each one in turn: artificial intelligence, energy, space travel, health care, computing (again), nanotechnology, and
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ade_reads
Jun 17, 2016 ade_reads rated it really liked it
"But science, not superstition, is based on reproducible, testable, and falsifiable data." (page : 84 - 85)

Finally, I finished this book last night and i'm absolutely hooked!

Focusing on medical care, scientist have created a way to insert a chip and it's complete with a TV camera and radio into a pill takes TV images of your intestines and radios them to a receiver. One advantage of a patients intestines and detect cancers, without the inconvenience of sticking a 6 foot long tube up the large in
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Ivana
Apr 26, 2016 Ivana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Profesor teorijske fizike koji je uspeo da razumljivim, tačnije naučno popularnim rečnikom omogući nama običnim smrtinicima, jedno fenomenalno I zanimljivo putovanje u budućnost.
Budućnost u kojoj ćemo moći da čitamo jedni drugima misli, u kojoj ćemo se voziti letećim automobilima, kada će preventiva svih bolesti biti moguća zahvaljujući magnetnoj rezonanci veličine današnjeg mobilnog telefona. Budućnost kada ćemo imati svoje avatare i vreme kada će postojati svemirski liftovi u turističkoj ponu
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Max
Aug 25, 2014 Max rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science
A light fun albeit selective exploration of the future of technology. From internet connected contact lenses and magnetic cars to starships and designer children, Kaku identifies many of the possible advances to occur in the next 100 years. If his optimistic presentation holds it will be a great time to live.

His greatest concern seems to be global warming which in his hopeful projections, mankind is able to handle. However he just touches the problem of man’s violent history and leaves out the
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Dave
Jul 23, 2015 Dave rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It's not bad, it's just not great either.

I quickly got tired of the tone, which seems melodramatic. He talks incessantly about reclaiming the power the ancient gods were said to have, like the Greeks'.

It also takes a while to get going and to understand the structure, which takes an area of technology and then explores it near, mid, and long term future.

After all of that, I felt like I had heard of most of the technologies he talks about before. The most interesting parts are where he projects f
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Chris
Jul 22, 2013 Chris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book had potential but ultimately didn't do it for me. Kaku looks at current trends and developments in science, technology, genetics, medicine, etc. and attempts to picture how human life will be changed by 2100.

Positives:
Kaku gives a pleasant tour of the many fascinating discoveries and upcoming developments in science and technology. Also, props to him for attempting a thoughtful, well-reasoned guess at what the future will look like.

Negatives:
Kaku plays it way too safe. In his effort n
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Michael
May 18, 2011 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I was little I had a book about what would happen in the future, and it was one of my favorite things. Heavy on illustrations. I remember that the pictures were of people in floating cars, buildings under water, that sort of thing. Fanciful and mostly just made up, but tons of fun to think about. I am wishing right now I knew where it was. I guess there's no way that book or anyone could have imagined what actually has happened! Much more impressive in many ways. Hell, the internet came out ...more
George Saoulidis
Great foundation for hard sci-fi inspiration. Mr Kaku is a well educated nerd and we love him for it.
Correen
Jun 07, 2014 Correen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Kaku makes the complex understandable. That is, one does not understand the complexities but rather has a sense of what is happening. This book creates a sense of wonder. His look into the 22nd century seemed too pat but still challenging to the mind. Given how difficult it has been to find cures for cancer, parkinson's, or even the common cold, it is hard to consider how disease could be eradicated. On the other hand, the use of dust sized computers, seems quite possible.

I would recommend this
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Scott Wozniak
Feb 21, 2015 Scott Wozniak rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fascinating survey of what's actually happening in the cutting edge of science and technology. He walks through computers and vehicles and energy and space exploration and even culture. For each area he discussed deeply what's happening now, then gives thoughtful guesses to what will develop in early 21st century, mid-century, and late-century.

His understanding of science is broad AND deep. His vision of the future of science is compelling. Some highlights: Tiny computer chips will be
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Bodegas
Sep 07, 2015 Bodegas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Preséntase como un libro sobre o futuro da humanidade ata 2100 dende un punto de vista científico e tecnolóxico.
Comecei a lelo con escepticismo porque todos estes libros que tratan de predicir un futuro a medio prazo, sempre acaban fallando estrepitosamente. Sen embargo acabei desfrutando desta lectura pola estrutura e o plantexamento que fai Michio Kaku.
Cada capítulo do libro está adicado a un campo científico diferente: enerxía, medicina, nanotecnoloxía, viaxes espaciais, etc. E cada capítulo
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Mykola
Apr 27, 2014 Mykola rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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До цієї книжки, думаю, цікаво буде повертатись час від часу, адже вона про майбутнє (а значить, це такий макро-чекліст), крім того, в ній є купа посилань на підняті теми (і список літератури в кінці). «Фізика майбутнього», хоч направду не лиш фізика і не стільки про майбутнє, здається мені хорошою точкою входу в популярну науку.
Кайку — мій герой. Написано жваво і легко, при цьому автор вдало сполучає свої фахові знання із широтою зацікавлень. Це такий гіперсоціальний Юкава Сенсей, апологет прогр
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David Everling
I'm not sure about anybody's ability to predict a century into the future (especially if you give credence to the idea of accelerating returns in technology), but I was willing to give this book a shot after hearing Michio Kaku in interviews. In particular he piqued my curiosity with the claim that all the ideas in the book are grounded on currently existing prototypes or established scientific theory.

Now after having read it, I think Michio is only giving a survey of some select topics, and the
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Alex Telander
Michio Kaku, a professor of physics at the CUNY Graduate Center, sure knows how to make science both gripping and interesting. After the great bestseller, Physics of the Impossible, which tackled all those great science fiction inventions we’ve heard so much about in books, going in detail about when these said inventions would plausibly be invented; he brings things closer to home in Physics of the Future, focusing on inventions developments over the next century.

In his new book, Kaku goes into
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Jenny williams
Dec 03, 2012 Jenny williams rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading this selection I strongly believe Michio Kaku is one of the brightest minds in his field. Physics Of The Impossible was an amazing book and this one blows it out of the water. I can't determine if I am so fond of it because of how advanced our technology will be in the near future or if I am truly fond of his writing. I know one thing for sure, some of the different advancements in technology is going to change the way we live life in way too many ways. What I mean by that is the a ...more
Daavid
Since I had already read the book "Visions" by the same writer nearly three years ago, this one did not really generate much of an interest within me due to the much common material. Although, for someone who may have never read "Visions" or "Physics of the Impossible" (which too I had read in 2011-12), I strongly feel that "Physics of the Future" can tend to become very interesting if one likes to ponder on how technological the world is going to get within the next century, and how far will it ...more
Raghu
Feb 16, 2016 Raghu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Peering into the future of mankind and predicting what lies in store for us a few decades from now, has always been a dicey endeavour. In general, predictions pertaining to unchecked population growth, resultant famines, wars over access to resources, gloomy prospects for the future of developing nations etc have mostly proven to be unnecessary alarms rather than reality. A few major historical instances come to mind. Rev. Thomas Malthus in the late 18th century, Dr. Paul Ehrlich of Stanford Uni ...more
Toppy
Jun 19, 2016 Toppy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating read. It's mind boggling what the future of the human race might be...if we don't destroy ourselves in the meanwhile. Room temperature superconductors, telepathically controlled environments, robots, immortality?
ΑνναΦ
May 24, 2014 ΑνναΦ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, saggi, scienza
Il futuro prossimo e remoto che ci aspetta è una futura realtà da episodio di Star Trek quotidiano, fantasmagoriche invenzioni già in nuce che, una volta perfettamnete sviluppate, ci faranno vivere in un mondo futuristico e rivoluzionato. Talmente rivoluzionarie da parere impossibili, ma Kaku parla perché ha le prove e tutto ciò che enumera è già in via di sperimentazione nei migliori centri di ricerca del mondo. Del resto, chi pochi anni indietro poteva farmi credere che avrei letto questo libr ...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)
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“‎By 2100, our destiny is to become like the gods we once worshipped and feared. But our tools will not be magic wands and potions but the science of computers, nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, biotechnology, and most of all, the quantum theory.” 30 likes
“There is so much noise on the Internet, with would-be prophets daily haranguing their audience and megalomaniacs trying to push bizarre ideas, that eventually people will cherish a new commodity: wisdom.” 22 likes
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