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Visions: How Science Will Revolutionize the 21st Century

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  2,185 ratings  ·  86 reviews
In Visions, physicist and author Michio Kaku examines the great scientific revolutions that have dramatically reshaped the twentieth century--the quantum mechanics, biogenetics, and artificial intelligence--and shows how they will change and alter science and the way we live.

The next century will witness more far-reaching scientific revolutions, as we make the transition f
Paperback, 403 pages
Published September 15th 1998 by Anchor (first published September 15th 1997)
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Sep 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Owlseyes inside Notre Dame, it's so strange a 15-hour blaze and...30-minutes wait to call the firemen...and by: well sians
“To me it is clear that we exist in a plan which is governed by rules that were created, shaped by a universal intelligence and not by chance.”
Michio Kaku

Kaku once said that H.G. Wells was "one century ahead"..., of his time.

"When Isaac Newton walked along the beach, picking up seashells,he did not realize that the vast ocean of undiscovered truth that lay before him would contain such scientific wonders.He probably could not foresee the day when science would unravel the secret of life,th
Jul 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, science
Richard Dawkins defines "poetic magic" as something deeply moving, something exhilarating, something that gives you goose bumps in the night... in short, makes you feel good to be alive. Reading a book by Michio Kaku is poetic magic. Approachable, entertaining science writing, about reaching toward mastery of matter, life, and intelligence to reshape ourselves and the universe around us.

This was written about 15 years ago, so as a futurism book it's dated in places, but since we're only 12 years
Mar 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
The book was written in 1997, so it was interesting to see how Kaku's short term projections came out. It is split into the quantum revolution, computer revolution, and molecular revolution, with the broad theme that soon we will become masters instead of observers of the universe. By soon, I mean at least 100-10,000 years, depending on your definition of master. Anyway, it was a fun read. I will probably check out his most recent book, Physics of the Future.
Mar 08, 2009 rated it did not like it
Kaku just sees to repeat a few sound bites over and over. He makes the common pop science mistake of truncating his explanations as they get technical, rather than explaining them in layman's terms. The result is like climbing into fog - the science becomes disembodied and disconnected.
anna b
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was published in 1997 and reading it now gives an uncanny deja vu - Michio Kaku accurately predicted how technology will change the world by 2020. This is also because at that time, he had access to many researches, seen proofs of concepts, etc. If I ever read this book in the lates 90s or early millennium, I would have chosen to study computer science (I mean, I'm not a science person so, yea.) He tried to simplify quantum physics but I still can't quantum physics. He has a very good ...more
Jun 18, 2007 rated it really liked it
I inadvertently made this book even more intellectually intriguing than it would have been otherwise by waiting ten years to read it.

Published in 1997, Visions is a futuristic look at what’s likely to happen in the decades to come in three areas of science that are rapidly converging: computer science, biotechnology, and quantum physics. As nearly as I can tell as a layperson, Kaku has been dead-on for the first decade since the book’s publication. Consequently, even his most off-the-wall predi
Jun 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is about technological developments for the next 100 years and beyond. A great investigation by a great scientist.

Written about 10 years ago, so its getting outdated but a lot of the predictions are happening. Good for anybody in the technology field or interested in tech foresight.
Moderately interesting pop-science book. I would have liked more detailed explanations instead of pleasant aphorisms about the future, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much Kaku got right.
Chris Meger
Jun 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
If you have any intention of keeping up with the 21st century, your best bet is to get out ahead of it. Read and learn.
Mars Smith
May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Summary: The author, Michio Kaku, discusses how the quantum revolution inspired two other revolutions; the computer and biomolecular revolution. (This is shown in the diagram in chapter 1.)

Pro: The author's knowledge about biology, technology, and physics is combined to make optimistic predictions about the future that may lead our society to a type I civilization. My favorite part in this book is how all three topics were tied together to inspire readers to look towards the future in STEM. I al
Leonardo Figueiró
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cosmology-future
Dense and heavy reading. Sometimes had to stop reading since I was questioning everything from how we are formed, what will be the future of our world, what our life is worth, why we are here and how my kids will work and live in the next decades.
If you are like me, and starts to question everything, I suggest to leave the book aside for a while and grab a fast track Sci-fi, or a thriller. As I did.
Is my third reading of Michio Kaku and he never fails to impress me or to get me to think and wond
Kristen Coffin
Aug 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: travel-space
"Perhaps there is a lesson here is that science and technology advance and thrive in an open atmosphere, when scientists and engineers can freely interact with each other."

Divided into quantum, computer, and molecular revolutions, this book imagines where these sciences will take us in the future. since this book is 20 years old now, it's interesting to see how many of Kaku's theories are accurate (or projected to become accurate). I think this would be great to read in conjunction with Physics
Johan Syahriz
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book was written in 1997. It was impressive to realise most of the predicted technologies or events actually happened and some of them are actually under Work In Progress.

However, the way he wrote this book was to give an idea how different fields are connected hence making the content in the book repetitive.
Yazaid Ahmed
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Imagination at its best

Imagination leading to bizarre inventions and even more imagination. Get this book to see how far the imagination of scientists reached and what possible inventions lie ahead of us.
Ana Luísa
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very interesting book :) It was very eye opening and I felt repeatedly a sense of deja-vu when reading, since it was written in 1977. Kaku covers a wide range of topics, from Type 3 civilizations (which I personally found very interesting) to immortality!
Sachin  Prabhu
Dec 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found the title interesting so i just picked the book and it didn't disappointment me. I was teleported to different world of michio kaku. The book being written in 1997 intrigued me. Its perfect blend of philosophy and science
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Holds up well after twenty years.
Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Got me interested in physics, abandoned philosophy.
Jason Mcclenney
Jun 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
I learned all about the future in this book. There are three main areas talked about in the book. These are: the computer revolution, the biotechnology revolution, and the quantum revolution.

I am most interested in the computer revolution. Computers are always getting smaller, faster, and able to store more. They will become increasingly ubiquitous in our lives. My favorite subject was artificial intelligence. I am fascinated by the brain, so I loved when the author expounded on how the brain wo
Leon M
Jan 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: future, physics
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Lucas Ventura
Jul 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science
It's far out to read a book that was written before the turn of the century, which predicts technological advances that are indeed unfolding today. Yet it still provides an insightful and intriguing look into the future possibilities and directions of technology.
In some ways, the predictions are spot on or even a bit conservative, yet in others technology has yet to truly arrive at the threshold. It makes me wonder at times if it is overzealous prediction, or that science is being stymied by cul
Oct 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this somewhat dated book just because I want to read all of Michio Kaku's books. Anyway, it was a fun and interesting read, which gave me the chance to compare some of the predictions and outlooks from almost 20 years ago (this was published in 1997).

And indeed, it's interesting to see how some projects have fallen out of favor, while some other topics and discoveries have been made that the book didn't foresee.

The scope of the areas of knowledge and research in the book is amazing, altho
Aug 24, 2013 rated it liked it
If I had looked more closely before grabbing this book on Kindle from my library, I probably wouldn't have read a futuristic book written way back in 1998--but after diving into it, the book warrants reading even today. Helped me make sense of many changes in technology that have been happening outside my sphere of immediate awareness, provided a physicist's perspective on the revolution in genetics, and gave me yet another glimpse into the mysterious world of quantum mechanics. If I have a prob ...more
Logan Scoles
I wanted to give this 4 stars but it was missing a few things. First, it was very informative and included much of what I hoped for when I picked up the book. However, Dr. Kaku condenses too much information in his pages and jumps from topic to topic. It's easy to lose interest at times. Not quite like Sagan who gradually brings you into a topic and discusses it long enough for you to feel informed and understand what the hell he is talking about.

This was my second book I have read by Dr. Kaku a
Nov 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Still a very good read.

Reread this book (1'st read was in 1999/2000) after having finished "Physics of the Future" also by Michio Kaku.
Parts of this book were used verbatim in the later one, this is no wonder as we have a long way to go until some of these 'events' come to pass.

In hindsight it seems to me that computer science is the only science that keeps up with the predictions. It's true that major steps have been taken in other sciences but nothing that compares to... Moore's law.

Vincent Saputra
Apr 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is not a science fiction but rather a quite logical prediction on how the science will evolve. Michio Kaku interviewed hundreds of scientists nad presented their views in this book. He argued that the 21st century science achievement will be driven by computer revolution, biomedical, and quantum physics. The three achievements will merge into one big theory of everything. What i like about this book is that it presents the science in an easy to read book for non-scientists like me. I f ...more
Troy Crayson
Apr 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
Great book. Being 10 years old, its amazing how many of the things he predicts are already commonplace, while others are still far off on the horizon. Most, if not all seem INEVITABLE , not "what if" type stuff. Some of it might not happen for 150+ years, some, will happen within 5. Fascinating.

Kaku is (and is widely considered) one of the best writers (and public figures) talking and writing about reality / science. Unfortunately we are too busy wondering about what a wizard is doing playing w
Sep 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science
My husband and I have been listening to Michio Kaku since the 1990a. So, even though this title is over ten years old, it's still relevant in its predictions based on current technology and mapping our leaps into advanced science with each passing year. It's about what is possible in the future of science and technology from medical break-throughs to I AM ROBOT androids to space travel. For instance, Kaku told us ten years ago that flat screen televisions mounted on walls were a possibility in o ...more
Aug 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I thought that this book is very interesting and would recommend it to anyone who is interested in hearing theories rather than just facts. In this book, famous physicist Michio Kaku talks about how science as of now has been the stepping stone of life. During the next several years he explains how we would soon be able to take what we have learned about life such as laws of natures or DNA structures and apply it to our everyday need. Michio Kaku's prediction was that we will soon change from "P ...more
Cassandra Kay Silva
Aug 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science
I liked that Kaku spent a good deal of time on DNA and genetic advancements. I find this to be one of my favorite fields of interest, it must be included in visions of the future. Advancement in medicine will completely change our ideas about being human, as innovated research is used to outfit more than just the wold around us. I think he covered a vast amount of topics in a very small number of words which was well met. A fairly broad overview of some of the advancements that we can expect fro ...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 Physic
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