Based on interviews with over three hundred of the world's top scientists, who are already inventing the future in their labs, Kaku--in a lucid and engaging fashion--presents the revolutionary developments in medi-cine, computers, quantum physics, and space travel that will forever change our way of life and alter the course of civilization itself. Read more...
Based on interviews with over three hundred of the world's top scientists, who are already inventing the future in their labs, Kaku--in a lucid and engaging fashion--presents the revolutionary developments in medi-cine, computers, quantum physics, and space travel that will forever change our way of life and alter the course of civilization itself.
His astonishing revelations include:
- The Internet will be in your contact lens. It will recog-nize people's faces, display their biographies, and even translate their words into subtitles.
- You will control computers and appliances via tiny sen-sors that pick up your brain scans. You will be able to rearrange the shape of objects.
- Sensors in your clothing, bathroom, and appliances will monitor your vitals, and nanobots will scan your DNA and cells for signs of danger, allowing life expectancy to increase dramatically.
- Radically new spaceships, using laser propulsion, may replace the expensive chemical rockets of today. You may be able to take an elevator hundreds of miles into space by simply pushing the "up" button.
Like "Physics of the Impossible" and "Visions" before it, "Physics of the Future" is an exhilarating, wondrous ride through the next one hundred years of breathtaking scientific revolution.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2011-01-10
- Reviewer: Staff
Kaku (Physics of the Impossible), a professor of physics at the CUNY Graduate Center, gathers ideas from more than 300 experts, scientists, and researchers at the cutting edge of their fields, to offer a glimpse of what the next 100 years may bring. The predictions all conform to certain ground rules (e.g., "Prototypes of all technologies mentioned... already exist"), and some seem obvious (computer chips will continue to get faster and smaller). Others seem less far-fetched than they might have a decade ago: for instance, space tourism will be popular, especially once a permanent base is established on the moon. Other predictions may come true—downloading the Internet right into a pair of contact lenses—but whether they're desirable is another matter. Some of the predictions are familiar but still startling: robots will develop emotions by mid-century, and we will start merging mind and body with them. Despite the familiarity of many of the predictions to readers of popular science and science fiction, Kaku's book should capture the imagination of everyday readers. (Mar.)