Physics of the Future

How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (15.65 hours)
Product Number: Z100010772
Released: Mar 15, 2011
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780307877086
Narrator/s: Feodor Chin
Publisher: Books on Tape
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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.

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Author(s): Michio Kaku
Genre: Science
Original Publish Date: Mar 15, 2011

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Author(s): Michio Kaku
Genre: Science
Product Number EB00148955
Released: Dec 27, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: #9780385530811

Professional reviews

"Since long before the publication of H.G. Wells's SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME in 1933, readers in the developed world have had an appetite for depictions of a near future transformed by technology. Listening to popular scientist Kaku's most recent work satisfies this desire. Actor Feodor Chin's clear, upbeat narration perfectly suits Kaku's project. Chin captures the spirit of the material as he guides us into the world of the future. Kaku divides the future into three periods--the near future, the mid-century, and the year 2100--and speculates about a sweeping range of subjects, from healthcare to politics. Kaku's first-person narrative is engaging, and the professor of theoretical physics is scrupulous about grounding his speculation in current science. F.C. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"

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