Physics of the Future - Michio Kaku

Physics of the Future

Author: Michio Kaku

  • Publication Date: 2011-03-15
  • Category: Physics
4 Score: 4
(From 366 Ratings)


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 the most authoritative and scientifically accurate description of the revolutionary developments taking place in medicine, computers, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, energy production, and astronautics.

In all likelihood, by 2100 we will control computers via tiny brain sensors and, like magicians, move objects around with the power of our minds. Artificial intelligence will be dispersed throughout the environment, and Internet-enabled contact lenses will allow us to access the world's information base or conjure up any image we desire in the blink of an eye.

Meanwhile, cars will drive themselves using GPS, and if room-temperature superconductors are discovered, vehicles will effortlessly fly on a cushion of air, coasting on powerful magnetic fields and ushering in the age of magnetism.

Using molecular medicine, scientists will be able to grow almost every organ of the body and cure genetic diseases. Millions of tiny DNA sensors and nanoparticles patrolling our blood cells will silently scan our bodies for the first sign of illness, while rapid advances in genetic research will enable us to slow down or maybe even reverse the aging process, allowing human life spans to increase dramatically.

In space, radically new ships—needle-sized vessels using laser propulsion—could replace the expensive chemical rockets of today and perhaps visit nearby stars. Advances in nanotechnology may lead to the fabled space elevator, which would propel humans hundreds of miles above the earth’s atmosphere at the push of a button.

But these astonishing revelations are only the tip of the iceberg. Kaku also discusses emotional robots, antimatter rockets, X-ray vision, and the ability to create new life-forms, and he considers the development of the world economy. He addresses the key questions: Who are the winner and losers of the future? Who will have jobs, and which nations will prosper?

All the while, Kaku illuminates the rigorous scientific principles, examining the rate at which certain technologies are likely to mature, how far they can advance, and what their ultimate limitations and hazards are. Synthesizing a vast amount of information to construct an exciting look at the years leading up to 2100, Physics of the Future is a thrilling, wondrous ride through the next 100 years of breathtaking scientific revolution.


  • Physics of the Future

    By Gio Mix
    Enjoyed the topics and I enjoy how it's written. Mr. Kaku has the gift of explaining complex and abstract ideas in a way that make sense to me.
  • Very good book

    By Mad minecrafter
    This book is amazing, it is different from other books on this topic, because the future technological advances that are mentioned are based on prototypes that exist today. Overall great book.
  • Great Book

    By Not getting daily bonus
    Choke-full of Science Digestable by Everyone
  • Religion

    By mikmcs43
    As a "happy" atheist, I wish the author would have addressed how science can advance without religion. I am convinced that humans obsession with deities and religion are a major roadblock to the advancement of science and our species' advancement. Thank you "The Happy Atheist"
  • Simply fantastic

    By Fdodelap-76
    Simply fantastic
  • Amazing

    By Mk anon.
    Thank you michio kaku for another wonderful book.
  • book has many parsing error

    By Sdemirel
    the book has many erors in it some pages jumps to other .unreadable. dowloaded many times nothing changes
  • Physics of the Future

    By GNewk
    This book was very disappointing. I expected a scientifically based extrapolation of where we would be in 89 years. Although the author does this to a credible extent for the next 39 years, he begins to depart from a scientifically based prediction and devolved into a rambling, internally inconsistent view of the world in the latter 1/3 of the book. Anyone who is reasonably well read on scientific issues (I.e., who reads the Science Times each week), will learn little and be very frustrated by this book. If you fit this category, don't buy it.
  • Love the book

    By YaronGo
    Shows you how the futcher will look if we only stop our childish behaviors
  • So so,

    By Bdazzler03
    The recap comparison of a paper dated 1900, left me, completely, understanding this authors demographic based view, even in quoting someone else, sadly. Ok book otherwise.