Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration of the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation and Time Travel
Kaku (Michio)
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BOOK ABSTRACT:

Amazon Book Description

  1. From cyborgs1, starships, UFOs, aliens and antimatter to telepathy, invisibility, psychokinesis and precognition, Michio Kaku's Physics of the Impossible is an exciting look at how science fiction could soon become science fact.
  2. Albert Einstein said, 'If at first an idea does not sound absurd, there is no hope for it. Physics of the Impossibleshows how our most far-fetched ideas today – from Star Trek's phasers and teleportation to time travel2 as envisioned by Back to the Future - are destined to become tomorrow's reality.
  3. Michio Kaku, bestselling science author and one of the world's most acclaimed physicists, looks at the technologies of the future and explains what's just around the corner, what we might have to wait a few millennia to get our hands on and how surprisingly little of it is truly impossible.

Amazon Customer Review
  1. The premise of this book is fabulous. Take all the things which we've read about and seen in science fiction books, TV shows and films, and examine how possible, or impossible they are.
  2. So we have phasers, death stars, time travel3, warp engines, telepathy and many many more. Yes, it's a geek heaven, but hopefully the book is accessible enough to attract a wider audience. It certainly deserves it.
  3. Kaku's approach is to look at the fictional invention, explain why it is impossible as it stands, but then go on to see how real physics could create something similar in the future. He classes inventions into type 1,2 and 3 impossibilities, possible in some form within the next century, possible in the distant future, and impossible given the laws of physics as they are currently understood. This is a framework which gives the author the opportunity to potter around on some of the more exciting playing fields of modern physics.
  4. The most surprising thing about the book is the number of things he tags as type 1 impossibilities (starships, forcefields and teleportation amongst them) and the very small number of type three (perpetual motion, precognition).
  5. The strength of the book is simply its source material. The whacky world of theoretical physics is one that should have interest to many beyond a purely scientific audience, especially when described in the largely layperson's terms used here.
  6. My one slight niggle is that while Kaku is relatively easy to read, he isn't the most inspiring author in the world. His material is the inspiring part, and he puts it across well, but in the end I found the structure of the book rather repetitive.
  7. Minor quibble though. Recommended.

BOOK COMMENT:

Penguin (28 May 2009)



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