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Physics of the Impossible

A Scientific Exploration Into the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation, and Time Travel

By Department of Physics Michio Kaku

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Format: Paperback, 329 pages
Published In: United States, 11 April 2009
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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Michio Kaku is the Henry Semat Professor of Theoretical Physics at the CUNY Graduate Center, a leader in the field of theoretical physics, and cofounder of string field theory. He is the author of several widely acclaimed science books, including Parallel Worlds, Visions, Beyond Einstein, and the bestseller Hyperspace. His books have been translated all over the world. He has written for "Time," "The Wall Street Journal," "The New York Times," "Discover Magazine," "The London Daily Telegraph," "New Scientist Magazine," and other periodcals.


[Kaku explores] what we still do not quite understand, those grey areas that are surely the most fascinating part of physics. "New Scientist" Kaku's latest book aims to explain exactly why some visions of the future may eventually be realized while others are likely to remain beyond the bounds of possibility. . . . Science fiction often explores such questions; science falls silent at this point. Kaku's work helps to fill a void. "The Economist" A fascinating exploration of the interface between science and science fiction, extremely well researched, lively, and tremendously entertaining. Fritjof Capra, author of "The Tao of Physics" and "The Science of Leonardo" Mighty few theoretical physicists would bother expounding some of these possible impossibilities, and Kaku is to be congratulated for doing so. . . . [He gets] the juices of future physicists flowing. "Los Angeles Times""

EAN: 9780307278821
ISBN: 0307278824
Publisher: Random House Inc
Dimensions: 20.32 x 13.21 x 2.29 centimetres (0.27 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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5 of 5 Stars! '

This is an excellent little text. There are some minor errors here and there but they do not detract from big picture science.


4 of 5 Stars! '

Discovery Channel has just released 25 episodes TV series based on this book - and what a book it is. Don't you ever wish that a top class scientist that is just as big of a Science Fiction fan as you are come and explain how things work?

Is it possible to create a solid sword based on light beam like Star Wars' light sabers? Apparently it is not that easy once you learn that light beam tend to stretch forever - and light (which, obviously, travels at the speed of light) is impossible to solidify. Perhaps they should try plasma sabers instead.

How hard is it to create invisibility cloak of in Harry Potter series or Romulan starship? Apparently some scientist already created metamaterials that bend light around 2 dimensional objects!

Based on quite recent research (up to mid 2000s), Prof. Michio Kaku explains in layman term the most groundbreaking scientific discoveries - and how it impacts your chance of owning your own Teleportation device. It is a great read.

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