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The Future of Humanity: Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond Earth

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  3,366 ratings  ·  480 reviews
The #1 bestselling author of The Future of the Mind brings us a stunning new vision of our future in space.

Human civilization is on the verge of spreading beyond Earth. More than a possibility, it is becoming a necessity: whether our hand is forced by climate change and resource depletion or whether future catastrophes compel us to abandon Earth, one day we will make our h
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published February 20th 2018 by Allen Lane (first published 2018)
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Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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I don't think it's possible for Michio Kaku to write a book that I don't absolutely love. Dark matter, antimatter, space travel, black holes, laser-propelled nanoships, quantum physics. String theory!! What is there not to love??

Much of this book is speculation and yet as always with Mr. Kaku's books, I learned quite a lot. He uses physics to speculate where we might be in the future, both near and far. He discusses inter-planetary travel and terra-forming other planets, not just in our own sol
Manuel Antão
Apr 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2019
If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

"The Future of Humanity - Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond Earth" by Michio Kaku

I should really be appealing to the 5th Dimension Organic Masters who push the buttons of the AI Overlords who keep our computer simulation running, despite them being blissfully unaware of their 5th dimension AI Overlords, who haven't got the foggiest about their 6th Dimension Organic Masters. Her Noodly Majesty l
Will M.
In other words, our destiny is to become the gods that we once feared and worshipped. Science will give us the means by which we can shape the universe in our image. The question is whether we will have the wisdom of Solomon to accompany this vast celestial power.

I haven't read a non-fiction novel in more than 2 years. I don't even remember how I stumbled upon this novel. I even tried searching my browsing history to try and figure things out but apparently I just randomly searched it on ama
Science (Fiction) Comedy Horror and Fantasy Geek/Nerd
The starting signal for the unlimited spread of the human species and the essence of science fiction.

Please note that I put the original German text at the end of this review. Just if you might be interested.

As it was often the case in its history, humanity is at the beginning of a new epoch. With the striking difference that there are for the first time no limits. The purpose of the colonization of space is well suited to illustrate the minuteness of the earth. It is not even a quantum state in
Kristy K
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, arc, netgalley, science
This is utterly fascinating and written in a way that was easy to understand. Kaku mixes science with fiction (pulled from pop culture, books, etc) in order to explain what could or couldn’t happen in the future.

I was surprised how easy it was to grasp the ideas and loved the examples he gives. His love of science is evident in his writing and very contagious.

I have another book of his that I’ve been hesitant to start (I was afraid it’d be over my head), but after reading this I’m eager to div
Peter Tillman
I spent a couple of hours skimming and scanning Prof. Kaku's latest book, and I'm giving up on it. I'm not quite sure why I find his writing style so profoundly irritating. His information is generally correct -- although other reviewers call him out for some bloopers, which I didn't see. I guess it's because his grand ideas of the future of humanity just seem, well, tired and old-hat. He can take something that should be really cool, like the chances of some future civilization developing faste ...more
Jack Chaucer
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is an amazing trip through the universe and beyond, which apparently could happen some distant day. From colonizing Mars to one day laser-porting our consciousness to distant galaxies at the speed of light, the possibilities dreamed up by science fiction writers could become reality, and even be surpassed, if humans can find a way to get out of our own way. Well-written, thoroughly researched and accessible to the average reader, this book will expand minds about what's possible and ho ...more
Emma Sea
Feb 21, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
while I did not enjoy this book, and definitely do not rec it to adults, if you have a bright 8-12 year old interested in science, get them this!

"The origin of the moon has fascinated humanity for millennia. Because the moon rules the night, it has often been associated with darkness or madness. The word lunatic comes from luna, the Latin word for moon." (Kindle Locations 758-759).

"Since the composition of the moon is so similar to Earth’s, the truth may be that mining the interior of the moon
Jul 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, that was awkward. With Michio Kaku as the author, I was expecting a book more about facts, but I ended up reading a book where the author mixes some bits of science with tons of “some day we…” and TONS of movies and books spoilers :)

I think the book was OK, I guess I was expecting something different.
Sonja Arlow
3.5 stars

THIS is what I wanted Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve and/or Ruin Everything to be, speculative science combined with hard facts and historic titbits about science development.

Space travel has experienced a revival in the past few years thanks to billionaires like Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk, both setting their sights on accelerating space programmes.

Does this mean every time I buy a book on Amazon I am indirectly contributing to space exploration? I like that idea.

Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Future of Humanity: Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond Earth by Michio Kaku

“The Future of Humanity” is an awe-inspiring exploration of the pioneers who have the energy, vision, and the resources to change the fate of humanity. He also analyzes the advance in technology that will make it possible to leave the Earth and settle elsewhere. Cofounder of string field theory, best-selling author and professor of theoretical physics at the City University of
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.0 Stars      
This was a fascinating piece of speculative non fiction that explored how humans might move beyond earth and eventually expand into the universe. I found some of the information incredibly basic so I wouldn't necessarily recommend this book to readers with a lot of science background. However, I think this will appeal to readers with a fairly simple understanding of space who are interested in learning more about the topic.
Books on Stereo
Dec 11, 2018 rated it liked it
A fun, yet tedious asides about the multitude of possibilities for future human evolution. Not overly dense, but enjoyable as a whole.
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Theoretical physicist Michio Kaku is at his best (at least for layman) when his enthusiasm for creative science, science fiction, and the edges of our knowledge blend into a surprisingly accessible read. That approach comes through much of The Future of Humanity, where his speculative science is sometimes quite compatible with speculative fiction.

This one's a little different from Hyperspace; there's less of Kaku's own work and more of his reporting on the work of others, whether as historical o
Casey Wheeler
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free Kindle copy of The Future of Humanity by Michio Kaku courtesy of Net Galley and Doubleday Books, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review to Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my nonfiction book review blog. I also posted it to my Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google Plus pages.

I requested this book as I have always had an interest in space and science and where we may go in the future.  This is the first book by Michio Kaku tha
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-books
There is really no need to summarize this book as the subtitle pretty much says it all. I will say that I found this book incredibly accessible and completely fascinating. I’m pretty sure I learned more about space travel in this one book than I have in the preceding years of my life. Kaku’s format of using straightforward language and pop-culture references causes this book to never be boring and for me to feel completely over confident in my knowledge of physics and astronomy. I received a dig ...more
Sotiris Makrygiannis
I love Dr Strangelove Mr Kaku :) but this book is proof of the trend observed with Pinker: take a popular topic, research all the news in the last 10 years and make a book about it. Well is good but his youtube videos are even better. Kaku will be remembered for his sweet voice saying: "in the future" and that what he is, a dreamer.
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Чудесна, увлекателна и достъпна, тази книга обхваща всякакви актуални въпроси около физиката, човечеството и космоса, станали популярни в последните години. От извънземните, през възможностите за пътуване през време и пространство, заселването на Марс или други планети... и какво ли още не. И всичко - подкрепено с много хубави примери, включително препратки към други книги и художествена литература, както и филми (подбрах си няколко). Като единствен минус отчитам говоренето в стил "Ние, американ ...more
Angus McKeogh
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Love Kaku’s books about the weirdness of physics in our universe and the unusual applications that entails. Love the idea of our species heading off planet to maintain the species. There was a lengthy bit about genetics which demonstrated the silliness of the current “Non-GMO” fad; Kaku gives the facts, humans have been genetically modifying our food crops through selective breeding for more than 2,000 years (the prime example being corn which can no longer spread its own seed without human inte ...more
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Gotta love Michio Kaku. His enthusiasm is just infectious. Also his ET chapter super freaked me out (highly intelligent, language using cephalopods???)
Христо Блажев
Бъдещето на човечеството е сред звездите:

В малко под 400 страници Каку събира наистина много – от историята на досегашните ни космически начинания, които за малко повече от век ни отведоха дори отвъд границата на Слънчевата система, а до кацане на Марс остават броени години, който и от борещите се в космическата надпревара съперници да свари. Но после… после идва забавното. Не само планетите, но и спътниците и кометите могат да се окажат важни и полезни.
Mal Warwick
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
Climate change. The threat of thermonuclear war. Bioterrorism. Overpopulation. Is it any wonder that most Americans today are pessimistic about the future of the human race? In the face of all these (and so many other) existential threats to the survival of our civilization, who can blame us for wondering whether our grandchildren will live to see the 22nd century? Yet there are those who sail against the prevailing currents of thought and see a future that is endlessly bright. To this brave cad ...more
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Jim Witkins
Mar 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Everything covered was entertaining, yet the book ultimately suffers from being overly general. Wanted scientific detail and came away with repackaged sci-fi. Maybe that’s inherent in speculative nonfiction.
Alex Givant
Excellent book about what we need to do to leave Earth and spread between stars.
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was ok


I had a mild lacrimal event of joy when I finished this book.
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science
I enjoyed reading that book. While I don't agree with some of the author's views on the future of humanity, the book is very well written in an engaging style. I am now excited to dig more into string theory and super symmetry.
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this so much that I listened to it twice. The second reason for listening twice is that it is chock full of info that is easy to miss in an audio format - so I also downloaded the Kindle version...

I love Michio Kaku’s books. This one is about fun science of the future. Space travel - where are we, what do we still need to do, where would we go, how would we need to alter ourselves for outer space, what spacecrafts would we use, etc. Fun stuff, all told in an approachable, interesting sto
Feb 23, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a hastily written popular book with a catchy title but only with a host of rehashed ideas and no novel lines of thoughts or conclusions.

The short book starts by excessively focusing on the latest developments in the space travel. For a book with such a wide scope, the initial chapters - that detail the cold war space race, NASA's history, Musk/Bezos' programs and many other technical details of where space travel is today - are wasted and a harbinger of the confusion that permeates all t
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(Arabic: ميشيو كاكو
Russian: Митио Каку
Chinese: 加來道雄
Japanese: ミチオ・カク)

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 Physic
“Do we have enough food to feed the people of the world as they become middle class consumers? The hundreds of millions of people in China and India who are now entering the middle class watch Western movies and want to emulate that lifestyle, with its wasteful use of resources, large consumption of meat, big houses, fixation on luxury goods, et cetera. He is concerned we may not have enough resources to feed the population as a whole, and certainly would have difficulty feeding those who want to consume a Western diet.” 3 likes
“Astronomers suspect that the Oort Cloud could extend as far as three light-years from our solar system. That is more than halfway to the nearest stars, the Centauri triple star system, which is slightly more than four light-years from Earth. If we assume that the Centauri star system is also surrounded by a sphere of comets, then there might be a continuous trail of comets connecting it to Earth. It may be possible to establish a series of refueling stations, outposts, and relay locations on a grand interstellar highway. Instead of leaping to the next star in one jump, we might cultivate the more modest goal of "comet hopping" to the Centauri system. This thoroughfare could become a cosmic Route 66.” 2 likes
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