Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 480 pages, 8 × 5.15 × 0.98 in
Published: February 21, 2012
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0307473333
ISBN - 13: 9780307473332
About the Book
The "New York Times"-bestselling author of "Physics of the Impossible" offers a stunning and provocative vision of the future, and explains how science will shape human destiny and everyone's daily life by the year 2100.
Read from the Book
Introduction Predicting the Next 100 Years When I was a child, two experiences helped to shape the person I am today and spawned two passions that have helped to define my entire life. First, when I was eight years old, I remember all the teachers buzzing with the latest news that a great scientist had just died. That night, the newspapers printed a picture of his office, with an unfinished manuscript on his desk. The caption read that the greatest scientist of our era could not finish his greatest masterpiece. What, I asked myself, could be so difficult that such a great scientist could not finish it? What could possibly be that complicated and that important? To me, eventually this became more fascinating than any murder mystery, more intriguing than any adventure story. I had to know what was in that unfinished manuscript. Later, I found out that the name of this scientist was Albert Einstein and the unfinished manuscript was to be his crowning achievement, his attempt to create a “theory of everything,” an equation, perhaps no more than one inch wide, that would unlock the secrets of the universe and perhaps allow him to “read the mind of God.” But the other pivotal experience from my childhood was when I watched the Saturday morning TV shows, especially the Flash Gordon series with Buster Crabbe. Every week, my nose was glued to the TV screen. I was magically transported to a mysterious world of space aliens, starships, ray gun battles, underwater
Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION Predicting the Next 100 years
FUTURE OF THE COMPUTER Mind over Matter
FUTURE OF AI Rise of the Machines
FUTURE OF MEDICINE Perfection and Beyond
NANOTECHNOLOGY Everything from Nothing?
FUTURE OF ENERGY Energy from the Stars
FUTURE OF SPACE TRAVEL To the Stars
FUTURE OF WEALTH Winners and Losers
FUTURE OF HUMANITY Planetary Civilization
A DAY IN THE LIFE IN 2100
From the Publisher
Space elevators. Internet-enabled contact lenses. Cars that fly by floating on magnetic fields. This is the stuff of science fiction—it’s also daily life in the year 2100.
Renowned theoretical physicist Michio Kaku details the developments in computer technology, artificial intelligence, medicine, space travel, and more, that are poised to happen over the next hundred years. He also considers how these inventions will affect the world economy, addressing the key questions: Who will have jobs? Which nations will prosper? Kaku interviews three hundred of the world’s top scientists—working in their labs on astonishing prototypes. He also takes into account the rigorous scientific principles that regulate how quickly, how safely, and how far technologies can advance. In Physics of the Future, Kaku forecasts a century of earthshaking advances in technology that could make even the last centuries’ leaps and bounds seem insignificant.
About the Author
Michio Kaku is a professor of physics at the City University of New York, cofounder of string field theory, and the author of several widely acclaimed science books, including Hyperspace, Beyond Einstein, and Physics of the Impossible—the basis for his Science Channel TV show, Sci Fi Science: Physics of the Impossible—and the host of two radio programs, Explorations and Science Fantastic.
“Fascinating. . . . [A] wide-ranging tour of what to expect from technological progress over the next century or so.” —The Wall Street Journal
“A whirlwind tour of technological possibility.” —New Scientist
“Mak[es] the exponential character of technological progress stick in the reader’s head, so that they come to look at the world differently.” —The Sunday Telegraph (London)
“[Physics of the Future] has the ability to surprise and enthrall and frighten.” —The New York Times
“[Kaku] has the rare ability to take complicated scientific theories and turn them into readable tales about what our lives will be like in the future. . . . Fascinating. And just a little bit spooky.” —USA Today
“Mind-bending. . . . [An] alternately fascinating and frightening book.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“Kaku is a tireless science popularizer. . . . [He gets] the juices of future physicists flowing.” —Los Angeles Times
“[Kaku] has a knack for making complex ideas entertaining.” —The Charlotte Observer
“Erudite [and] compelling.” —Chicago Tribune
"One cannot help but feel buoyed that the miraculous world the author presents may really be less than a hundred years hence." --Louisville Courier-Journal