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Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration into the World of… (2008)

by Michio Kaku

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This is an easy read for the general public that physics is relatively far from.
The advantage (and its disadvantage of it) is that it is an easy physics book, in that, it doesn't go into details, but it covers vast areas in the world of physics.

However, the book is highly recommended for teenagers or for the general public who wants to enrich their general knowledge. ( )
  JantTommason | Apr 27, 2019 |
Co-founder of String Field Theory, Doctor Michio Kaku discusses the scientific plausibility of a wide range of popular science fiction devices, abilities, and technologies in his book, Physics of the Impossible.

The topics covered in this engaging analysis include force fields, invisibility cloaks, phasers, laser beams, lightsabers, teleportation, telepathy, time travel, robots, psychokinesis, UFOs, alien races, faster than light travel, and more. Doctor Kaku references many popular SF TV shows and films including Star Trek, Star Wars, Flash Gordon, Back to the Future, Doctor Who, The Fly, Independence Day, E.T., and others.

I was delighted to note that Doctor Kaku also draws from a rich array of SF novels and short stories such as The Man Without a Body by Edward Page Mitchell, The Disintegration Machine by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Slan by A.E. van Vogt, Larry Niven’s Ringworld series, Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series, Douglas Adams’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and the works of Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, Arthur C. Clarke, and Robert Heinlein.

Backed by practical and theoretical physics, chemistry, biology, and a rich history of scientific discoveries, Doctor Kaku offers detailed explanations as to which fictional technologies and abilities might be possible in the future and which are simply impractical—at least based on our current understanding of science.

Physics of the Impossible is by far one of the most enthralling and illuminating scientific discourses I’ve read to date. I equate Doctor Kaku with Doctors Carl Sagan and Neil deGrasse Tyson for his considerable talents as a science communicator. ( )
  pgiunta | Mar 29, 2019 |
The author reviews a number of "impossible" science fiction subjects that may, or may not be possible in the future - this century or beyond. Some of the discussion gets to be a bit esoteric and leaves one feeling like they are hanging out on a very flimsy limb of logic. ( )
  addunn3 | Nov 13, 2018 |
Great introduction to physics through the lense of science fiction. Kaku writes effortlessly and in a very approachable way about difficult concepts. My physics background is next to non-existant, yet I had no problem following. I would give five stars if not for the occasional too little explanation - and the complete lack of pictures or figures. This book is one where pictures could be worth a thousands of words. ( )
  Gezemice | Oct 29, 2018 |
A good book to read aloud and discuss. ( )
  jefware | Sep 13, 2018 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0307278824, Paperback)

Teleportation, time machines, force fields, and interstellar space ships—the stuff of science fiction or potentially attainable future technologies? Inspired by the fantastic worlds of Star Trek, Star Wars, and Back to the Future, renowned theoretical physicist and bestselling author Michio Kaku takes an informed, serious, and often surprising look at what our current understanding of the universe's physical laws may permit in the near and distant future.Entertaining, informative, and imaginative, Physics of the Impossible probes the very limits of human ingenuity and scientific possibility.

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A fascinating exploration of the science of the impossible--from death rays and force fields to invisibility cloaks--revealing to what extent such technologies might be achievable decades or millennia into the future.

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