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Physics of the impossible : a scientific exploration into the world of… (2008)

by Michio Kaku

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One hundred years ago, scientists would have said that lasers, televisions, and the atomic bomb were beyond the realm of physical possibility. Here, physicist Michio Kaku explores to what extent the technologies and devices of science fiction that are deemed equally impossible today might well become commonplace in the future. From teleportation to telekinesis, Kaku uses the world of science fiction to explore the fundamentals--and the limits--of the laws of physics as we know them today. He ranks the impossible technologies by categories--Class I, II, and III--depending on when they might be achieved, within the next century, millennia, or perhaps never. He uses his discussion of each technology as a jumping-off point to explain the science behind it.--From publisher description.… (more)
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...and another half star. The format felt repetitious, the tone a bit condescending, and it covered too much so was not able to really explain things. There are plenty of better books around, I struggled to finish this one. ( )
  Ma_Washigeri | Jan 23, 2021 |
thoroughly enjoyed this book as it discusses how likely the technology is for "impossible" things. Kaku has an easy style that makes complex issues clear. ( )
  rickycatto | Sep 9, 2020 |
Very interesting. Does get a little complex and mind bending in between. ( )
  cploonker | Mar 22, 2020 |
Michio Kaku brings home the point that nothing is impossible. Throughout history we see that people have declared things to be utterly impossible, only to be achieved sooner or later by some pioneer.

The book takes you on a journey, which explores all the popular science-fiction trappings like teleportation, force-fields, time travel etc.
I really liked how the things were explained so that even a lay-person can understand them. ( )
  Govindap11 | Mar 21, 2020 |
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 |
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One hundred years ago, scientists would have said that lasers, televisions, and the atomic bomb were beyond the realm of physical possibility. Here, physicist Michio Kaku explores to what extent the technologies and devices of science fiction that are deemed equally impossible today might well become commonplace in the future. From teleportation to telekinesis, Kaku uses the world of science fiction to explore the fundamentals--and the limits--of the laws of physics as we know them today. He ranks the impossible technologies by categories--Class I, II, and III--depending on when they might be achieved, within the next century, millennia, or perhaps never. He uses his discussion of each technology as a jumping-off point to explain the science behind it.--From publisher description.

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