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The #1 bestselling author of The Future of the Mind traverses the frontiers of astrophysics, artificial intelligence, and technology to offer a stunning vision of man's future in space, from settling Mars to traveling to distant galaxies.
We are entering a new Golden Age of space exploration. With irrepressible enthusiasm and a deep understanding of the cutting-edge research in space travel, World-renowned physicist and futurist Dr. Michio Kaku presents a compelling vision of how humanity may develop a sustainable civilization in outer space. He reveals the developments in robotics, nanotechnology, and biotechnology that may allow us to terraform and build habitable cities on Mars and beyond. He then journeys out of our solar system and discusses how new technologies such as nanoships, laser sails, and fusion rockets may actually make interstellar travel a possibility. We travel beyond our galaxy, and even beyond our universe, as Kaku investigates some of the hottest topics in science today, including warp drive, wormholes, hyperspace, parallel universes, and the multiverse. Ultimately, he shows us how humans may someday achieve a form of immortality and be able to leave our bodies entirely, laser porting to new havens in space.
In this thrilling journey into the mysteries of our cosmos, bestselling author Michio Kaku takes us on a dizzying ride to explore black holes and time machines, multidimensional space and, most tantalizing of all, the possibility that parallel universes may lay alongside our own.
Kaku skillfully guides us through the latest innovations in string theory and its latest iteration, M-theory, which posits that our universe may be just one in an endless multiverse, a singular bubble floating in a sea of infinite bubble universes. If M-theory is proven correct, we may perhaps finally find answer to the question, “What happened before the big bang?” This is an exciting and unforgettable introduction into the new cutting-edge theories of physics and cosmology from one of the pre-eminent voices in the field.
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.
Michio Kaku, the New York Times bestselling author of Physics of the Impossible and Physics of the Future tackles the most fascinating and complex object in the known universe: the human brain.
The Future of the Mind brings a topic that once belonged solely to the province of science fiction into a startling new reality. This scientific tour de force unveils the astonishing research being done in top laboratories around the world—all based on the latest advancements in neuroscience and physics—including recent experiments in telepathy, mind control, avatars, telekinesis, and recording memories and dreams. The Future of the Mind is an extraordinary, mind-boggling exploration of the frontiers of neuroscience. Dr. Kaku looks toward the day when we may achieve the ability to upload the human brain to a computer, neuron for neuron; project thoughts and emotions around the world on a brain-net; take a “smart pill” to enhance cognition; send our consciousness across the universe; and push the very limits of immortality.
The next century will witness more far-reaching scientific revolutions, as we make the transition from unraveling the secrets of nature to becoming masters of nature. We will no longer be passive bystanders to the dance of the universe, but will become creative choreographers of matter, life, and intelligence.
The first section of Visions presents a shocking look at a cyber-world infiltrated by millions of tiny intelligence systems. Part two illustrates how the decoding of DNA's genetic structure will allow humans the "godlike ability to manipulate life almost at will." Finally, VISIONS focuses on the future of quantum physics, in which physicists will perfect new ways to manipulate matter and harness the cosmic energy of the universe.
What makes Michio Kaku's vision of the science of the future so compelling--and so different from the mere forecasts of most thinkers--is that it is based on the groundbreaking research taking place in labs today, as well as the consensus of over 150 of Kaku's scientific colleagues. Science, for all its breathtaking change, evolves slowly; we can accurately predict, asserts Kaku, what the direction of science will be, based on the paths that are being forged today.
A thrilling, unique narrative that brings together the thinking of many of the world's most accomplished scientists to explore the world of the future, Visions is science writing at its best.
"A fresh and highly visual tour through Einstein's astonishing legacy." —Brian Greene
There's no better short book that explains just what Einstein did than Einstein's Cosmos. Keying Einstein's crucial discoveries to the simple mental images that inspired them, Michio Kaku finds a revealing new way to discuss his ideas, and delivers an appealing and always accessible introduction to Einstein's work.
Dr. Michio Kaku, one of the most influential living scientists and a New York Times best-selling author, selects the year’s top science and nature writing from writers who balance research with humanity and, in the process, uncover riveting stories of discovery across the disciplines.
that can travel faster than the speed of light? To read other people's
minds? To become invisible? To move objects with the power of our
minds? To transport our bodies instantly through outer space?
Since I was a child, I've always been fascinated by these questions.
Like many physicists, when I was growing up, I was mesmerized by
the possibility of time travel, ray guns, force fields, parallel universes,
and the like. Magic, fantasy, science fiction were all a gigantic play-
ground for my imagination. They began my lifelong love affair with the
Dies ist ein Szenarium, das Astrophysiker und Zukunftsforscher von Carl Sagan bis Michio Kaku umtreibt, nicht unrealistisch angesichts der Vielzahl von Gefahren. Es wird Zeit, sagt Kaku, die nächste Zivilisationsstufe zu erklimmen und den Aufbruch ins Weltall voranzubringen: gleichsam Weltraum-Archen zu planen und zu bauen. In diesem Buch erklärt Kaku, wie und wann es im Einzelnen gehen könnte: natürlich unter Einhaltung der herrschenden physikalischen Gesetze.
Die ersten Schritte führen zum Mars. Um das Jahr 2030 will die NASA eine bemannte Mission zum Roten Planeten schicken, zehn Jahre vorher schon mit der Erkundung des Asteroidengürtels zwischen Mars und Jupiter anfangen. Diese Himmelskörper geologisch auszubeuten, könnte die nächsten Schritte finanzieren: Terraforming mit technischen Mitteln wie Quantencomputer, superharte Nano-Werkstoffe und sich selbst reproduzierende Schürf- und Arbeitsroboter. Bereits um das Jahr 2050, schätzt Kaku, könnten Mittel und Technik ausreichen, um schon einmal einen ständigen Außenposten auf dem Mars zu errichten.
Vom umgeformten Mars aus geht es die Entwicklung dann weiter zu einer Stadt im Weltraum und zu Reisen in andere Sternensysteme. Kaku stellt das ganze Arsenal heute denkbarer Zukunftstechnologien auf die Probe: Weltraumaufzüge, Meteoritenabwehr, lasergetriebene Minisonden nach Alpha Centauri, die ein Fünftel der Lichtgeschwindigkeit erreichen könnten (wie Stephen Hawking sie propagiert), Raumschiffe mit Antimaterie-Antrieb (gleich dem Atom nicht unheikel), das Produzieren von Wurmlöchern via negativer Energie mithilfe des "Casimir-Effekts" oder - in ganz, ganz ferner Zukunft - mit Planck-Energie.
Theoretisch ist das meiste davon möglich. Und Kaku entfaltet vor unseren Augen ein ebenso unterhaltsames wie kenntnisreiches Breitwand-Panorama künftiger technischer (und biologischer) Wunder, die uns den Weg ins Weltall ebnen können. Der Zeitrahmen geht dabei weit über die 100 Jahre von "Die Physik der Zukunft" hinaus: Was ist denkbar in rund 100, 1.000, 10.000 Jahren und, im Ausblick, noch sehr viel später? Auch hier passt, was die New York Times Book Review über den Vorgänger schrieb: "Was für ein wunderbares Abenteuer ist dies, der Versuch, das Undenkbare zu denken!"