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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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Hardcover, 416 pages
Published March 15th 2011 by Doubleday
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Kim Pallister
Mar 31, 2012 rated it did not like it
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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Mario the lone bookwolf (semi reviewing hiatus )
ENGLISH

What a significant and visionary milestone in the evolution of the entertaining non-fiction book.

How difficult it sometimes has to be to breathe life into the scientific genre can be measured by the memory of the response to textbooks at school, which can happily be described as mixed. In some areas, more competition and free competition would pay off in exceptional cases. The book can be used as an example of the gems that non-fiction authors can master, as a collection of future techno
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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
Gendou
May 01, 2011 rated it did not like it
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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Robert Kroese
Nov 25, 2011 rated it liked it
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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Marty Essen
Feb 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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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Mike Mullin
Jun 02, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Faith
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio, overdrive
I had not heard of this author until I read that former President Clinton was reading a couple of his books. Now I plan to read more by him. This book gave me a lot to think about and explained technology and concepts in a way that made them accessible to me. Fortunately, the author writes about a lot more than physics. He covers many areas of the sciences and social sciences and interweaves ideas from various disciplines in a comprehensible and entertaining manner.
Daniel Clausen
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic journey into the future of science, technology, and humanity.
Max
Aug 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: physics
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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C.W.
Oct 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-audiobook
Thoroughly engrossing, entertaining, interesting, and well put together; I enjoyed listening to this a lot, and thought it gave a great and insightful look into things that I don't know anything about. But now I kinda do! Michio Kaku made it all accessible while not dumbing it down at all - he's just got a great writing voice and way of expressing things that's easy to follow. Obviously knows what he's talking about and cares about giving you as much information, in as engaging a way as possible ...more
Armina Salemi
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What else could I ask for?
Colin Bendell
Aug 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
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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Sam Lichtenstein
May 01, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
ade_reads
Jun 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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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Fred Forbes
Sep 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
I had the pleasure of hearing Michio Kaku speak at a convention and figured if his books are as thought provoking as his speeches, I should grab one. He does write well but I think the title of this one is a bit misleading. It ranges far beyond physics to a variety of sciences to lay out a timeline of coming advances but most importantly it goes far beyond science to human relationships, economics and trade and personal lifestyle. Probably the most intriguing development to me it the incorporati ...more
Michael
May 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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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George Saoulidis
Mar 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great foundation for hard sci-fi inspiration. Mr Kaku is a well educated nerd and we love him for it.
Bryan Alexander
Jun 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: futurism
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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Jennifer
Jan 04, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Correen
Jun 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing

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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Alex Givant
Excellent book about future of humankind. Each chapter divided by 3 portions: near future (until 2030), mid of the century (2030 to 2070) and far future (2070 to 2100). Considering he wrote this book 8 years ago we may be more advance that he projected.
Chris
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
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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Alex Telander
May 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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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Harrison Chang
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved reading Physics of the Future, by Michio Kaku. I have read Mr. Kaku's previous book: Physics of the Impossible. I bought this book and Physics of the Impossible back in the US during summer break and I was already very into science and the history of it. I became extremely fascinated by Mr. Kaku's theories and how he predicts the future of Mankind and Earth. My favorite parts of the book would be his predictions on future space travel, medicine, and nanotechnology. He wrote a ...more
Dave
Sep 25, 2011 rated it it was ok
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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Queenie
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: science, nonfiction
2 things I'm certain of:
1. Dr. Kaku is a sci-fi movie fanatic;
2. Dr. Kaku loves Greek and Norse mythologies.

Reading this 2011-book in 2018 is liken to going through a condensed, dumbed-down compilation of my Twitter feed speculations throughout the years / today's middle school intro science & technology textbook.

It covers various topics in technological histories and advances such as computers, AI, biotechnology, nanotechnology, energy - briefly on fusion power and magnetism even-, climate chan
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Dennis Littrell
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Informed speculations engagingly presented

It’s easy to see that Professor Kaku had a lot of fun writing this book since more than anything (at least for this reader) this book was a pleasure to read.

Typically Kaku begins each chapter with some reference to the ancient gods or some other form of mythology or folklore, mainly for contrast or to highlight human yearnings that are being fulfilled today or may be fulfilled in the near future. He then mixes in some science fiction movies, stories or n
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Ashlee Bree
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science, nonfiction
It was so fascinating to read about what scientific innovations may or will be possible within the next century. Some of them read like they should be part of a sci-fi blockbuster or thriller, but Michio Kaku weaved in actual research, observations, or scientific numbers/accounts to explain how or why they're more than possible. I particularly liked the bits about nanotechnology, gene sequencing, and space exploration.
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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.

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