Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Physics of the Future

Physics of the Future: How Science will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100

By Michio Kaku
Doubleday, 2011. 389 pgs. Nonfiction

Michio Kaku is a professor of physics with his own Science Chanel TV show titled ‘Sci-Fi Science: Physics of the Impossible’. In ‘Physics of the Future’, Kaku presents readers with a look at the present science that will shape our world over the next 100 years. From living on Mars to contact lenses that provide access to the internet, some predictions are more easily imagined than others.

Kaku tries hard to write accessibly and usually he succeeds. Movie and television references are frequently made to provide examples of how life in the future may or may not actually look like. Kaku’s forecasts are interesting and make up for when the writing seems a bit flat but ‘Physics of the Future’ is still a good choice for general readers interested in what direction science is taking us.


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