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Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100

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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 (first published January 1st 2011)
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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
Kim Pallister
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
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
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
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
Colin Bendell
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
Marty Essen
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
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
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
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 described of ancient gods 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 farthest o
George Saoulidis
Great foundation for hard sci-fi inspiration. Mr Kaku is a well educated nerd and we love him for it.
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
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
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.

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.

Kaku plays it way too safe. In his effort n
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
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
Amanda Says
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.

Michio Kaku takes the reader through the current research being done today in several areas such as medicine, computer science, AI, energy, etc. and what we can expect in the near and all the way to the beginning of the next century. And as he s
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
I enjoyed Michio Kaku’s Physics of the Future. It is non-fiction that borders on being speculative fiction. What will the future be like? Are there any wonders that we can predict? Obviously, there are a large number that we can’t. But some we can.

Kaku’s premise was to write only about those things that are actively being worked on and to predict only through the year 2100. So there are computers that are comodities. There are self driving cars. There are medical nanobots. There are fusion energ
Scott Wozniak
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
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

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
I listen to a lot of science-based podcasts so I found some of this book to be a rehash of things I already knew about or was familiar with, but the balance of the book I found very interesting. Kaku presents a "Star Trek" position on the future - one that is shiny and optimistic, rather than one of gloom and doom that you hear about from some pundits. In each section he goes right to leading experts to get their take on what the future holds. One of my favorite parts of the book was actually ab ...more
Sangita Takhur
To me the big question is: how fast will our technology progress in the coming years? I know it is very difficult to give a solid logical answer to this question. I liked the book but I do not agree with Kaku on many points. I think Kaku used almost a linear model for predicting the future. I think we need more imaginative power for predicting the future. Like Kaku I too believe that, gene technology, computers, artificial intelligence and robots will advance rapidly.
The book is composed of the
Jimmy Ng
This book is very much like Visions, another book written by Kaku published in the 1990s. In both books, he attempts to predict technological advancements and its implications to people living in the future. What sets this book different than so many others is that Kaku calls himself an "insider" (Kaku is a world renowned theoretical physicist who works on string theory). With his connections, he is able to actually interview and get input from the scientists and engineers who actually make tech ...more
Jack Ferreira
I like Michio Kaku, he seems like a pretty cool, down to earth guy.

I'll get some criticism out of the way, because overall I did enjoy the book.

I have seen interviews and tv shows he's been in and though I do like him sometimes his atitude bothers me for some reason. I can't quite put my finger on it, maybe it has something to do with this slightly over-pandering way of explaining things. It looks like he thinks the only way his readers will understand what he's saying is by constantly referenc
The book was extremely informative about current trends in science (and some technology). It lives up to its title in discussing physics of the future. The author is a skilled writer who is gifted at communicating highly abstract and obscure ideas.

So why only two stars?

I did have some issues with the overall books and how this project was carried out. Some were more troubling than others. The major issues include:

1) Too much scientific triumphalism -- The clear storyline in the book is that scie
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
Jenny williams
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
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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).

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