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

Physics of the Impossible A Scientific Exploration Into the World of Phasers Force Fields Teleportation and Time Travel 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 i

  • Title: Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration Into the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation, and Time Travel
  • Author: Michio Kaku
  • ISBN: 9780385520690
  • Page: 169
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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.One hundred years ago, scientists would have said that lasers, televisions, and the atomic bomb were beyond the realm of physical possibility In Physics of theA 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.One hundred years ago, scientists would have said that lasers, televisions, and the atomic bomb were beyond the realm of physical possibility In Physics of the Impossible, the renowned 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 In a compelling and thought provoking narrative, he explains How the science of optics and electromagnetism may one day enable us to bend light around an object, like a stream flowing around a boulder, making the object invisible to observers downstream How ramjet rockets, laser sails, antimatter engines, and nanorockets may one day take us to the nearby stars How telepathy and psychokinesis, once considered pseudoscience, may one day be possible using advances in MRI, computers, superconductivity, and nanotechnology Why a time machine is apparently consistent with the known laws of quantum physics, although it would take an unbelievably advanced civilization to actually build oneKaku uses his discussion of each technology as a jumping off point to explain the science behind it An extraordinary scientific adventure, Physics of the Impossible takes readers on an unforgettable, mesmerizing journey into the world of science that both enlightens and entertains.

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    1. Mohamed IBrahim on said:

      هذا تحديث بعد ما يقرب من ثلاث سنوات او اقل قليلاٌ من قراءة الكتاب لأنقص نجمة من الاربعة ويصبح التقييم 3 فقط العديد من افكار كاكو بغض النظر انها خيال علمي من الصعب تحقيقه الا انني بعد دراسة الكثير عن الفيزياء عرفت أنه أهمل تطورات أهم كان يجب التركيز عليها وهي فعلا التي ستحقق ال [...]

    2. ServiusHeiner on said:

      This book is standard Michio Kaku. He starts off discussing the three classes of impossibilities. (Understand that much of what you would think of as impossible is not really impossible. In order to be proven impossible it must break a law of physics, there is not much that does.)“Class 1 Impossibilities: These are technologies that are impossible today but that do not violate the known laws of physics. So they might be possible in this century, or perhaps the next, in modified form. They incl [...]

    3. Felicia on said:

      Looking for something substantive? Look for this author, his books are so interesting and engrossing. Here he dissects all the Sci-Fi tropes and explains how each of them is impossible, or what the hell it would take to make it a reality. I learned quite a lot and it was not too jumbled for a non-scientist like me to read.

    4. Trevor on said:

      There is no denying that this is an interesting book and one that presented many of the problems of physics in a way that is comprehensive, comprehensible and engaging. I think other people (people with a greater interest in science fiction, particularly) will find this book even more interesting than I did and more accessible than your standard pop science book on physics. I hadn’t realised I knew quite so little about science fiction – I hadn’t ever really thought about the fact that I h [...]

    5. John Stevens on said:

      Dr. Michio Kaku is perhaps the or one of the most brilliant minds in theoretical physics living today. I've seen him present several concepts and theories on the Discovery Channel. I am a man who truly appreciates the marvel of theoretical physics. The stuff of Albert Einstein. Although I have some education along these lines and have watched and read quite a lot, I still find it very difficult to follow.In this book/audio book, Dr. Kaku takes us on a journey into all of those "sci-fi sciences" [...]

    6. Doug on said:

      Great introduction to current issues in Physics - without the pain of complex equations. Also, fun as the author esplores the plausibility of the physics in the Star Trek, Star Wars, and Time travel movies and books.

    7. Ben Babcock on said:

      I was never promised a flying car.What I mean to say is that my generation was never the generation of flying cars. We grew up knowing better. It’s been seventy years since we started breaking open atomic nuclei to harness their incredible capacity for destruction and creation, and we are still sucking fossilized plants from the bowels of the Earth and lighting it on fire as fuel. My parents grew up watching men go to the moon. I grew up watching NASA’s budget bleeding out on the table, thei [...]

    8. Simon Clark on said:

      When I was a schoolkid I studied physics in part because - like many physics students - I wanted to know how to build the cool stuff in science fiction. The death star. Lightsabers. Warp drive. This is the stuff of Kaku's riotous introduction to modern physics and if I'd read it when I was in school it would have blown my goddamn mind.I went into this book anticipating that I wouldn't learn all of that much - after all I have a masters degree in physics and read widely before studying at univers [...]

    9. Marijan on said:

      Čovjek se potrudio, nije da nije, ali mi se zavrtjelo u glavi od džepnih univerzuma, antielektrona i stringova

    10. Mohamed Adam on said:

      سنة ونصف أقرأ في هذا الكتاب أدركت فيها جهلي المدقع بالفيزياء وبالحياةوالسنين الضوئية التي يسبقنا بها الغرب في نوعية أبحاثهم وأفكارهم الكتاب صعب جدا محتاج معرفة جيدة بالفيزياءكنت أظن أني لم أفهم شيئا من الكتاب لكن بدا اول تطبيق عملي مع فيلم interstellar ساعدني كتاب ميشيو كاكاو هذ [...]

    11. Eric on said:

      While I really liked this book, a lot, it felt incomplete to me in that much of the math and science behind these concepts is not very in depth. Sure, it's not a text book, but I would have liked to have seen equations or at least references to something that could explain the math. Also, while there is a TARDIS on the cover, there is no TARDIS, and no mention of Doctor Who at all in the book. I felt slightly cheated, but not enough to not give it a five star rating. Oh, and the other quibble. V [...]

    12. Muhammad Shakhawat Hossain on said:

      How often do you wonder about The Future? Can you conceive of the technologies people are going to use in the next millennium? Or is it at all conceivable? Is the ever growing ‘Technology Monster’ finally going to define or explain ‘every’ phenomenon around us some time in the far future? What about super intelligent extraterrestrials? Do they really exist? Are they going to invade us like the Hollywood ones? Can humans use psychokinesis in their regular lives as Jean Grey does in the X- [...]

    13. Terence on said:

      Michio Kaku is nothing if not optimistic. Is there anything currently in the realm of SF that we cannot do (in some fashion), eventually? Apparently not. Even perpetual motion and precognition may be possible with a better understanding of our universe (or multiverse). In Physics of the Impossible, Kaku, theoretical physicist and one of the developers of string theory, looks at some of the common technologies found in SF and discusses – in a very general and user-friendly way – whether or no [...]

    14. Ashley Reid on said:

      Absolutely loved this, but unfortunately had to gloss over some of the waffly parts as I too much uni reading to do at the time.I will probably re-read this book at some point though because I enjoyed most of it, and the parts I skipped over may be worth revisiting when I'm in a better mood.

    15. Petra on said:

      Theories have four stages of acceptance: i. this is worthless nonsense; ii. this is interesting, but perverse; iii. this is true, but quite unimportant; iv. I always said so. —J. B. S. HALDANE, 1963This is book basically deals with the concept of "Impossibility", and arrive at the conclusion that impossibility is a relative concept. Throughout history, notable scientists labeled things impossible, only to be realized in a relatively short time. For example :one of the most prominent scientist [...]

    16. Fred Forbes on said:

      When the author appeared at a convention I attended last year I was surprised not to have heard of him as he was listed as a NY Times best seller. I was impressed enough with his talk to order a couple of his books, this one among them.He divides phenomena into 3 levels of the impossible. Class I impossibilities are those that are "impossible today but that do not violate the known laws of physics." Examples would include teleportation, antimatter engines and "certain forms of telepathy, psychok [...]

    17. Laith H on said:

      برأي هذا الكتاب كنز لمن يريد ان يجدد معلوماته في الفيزياء مشيو كاكو عرف عنه ان يحاول ان يبسط الفيزياء وكان موفقآ في هذا الكتاب ميشيو كاكو يقسم المستحيلات الى ثلاث اصناف 1- مستحيلات الصنف الاول : هي تقناة مستحيل اليوم ولكن انها لا تناقض قوانين الفيزياء وبالتالي فهي ممكنه في هذا [...]

    18. იოსებ on said:

      ნამდვილი საბადოა სამეცნიერო ფანტასტიკის და ზოგადად მეცნიერებით დაინტერესებულთათვის. რაც მთავარია მარტივი და გასაგები ენით წერია ისეთი რთული თემები როგორიცაა პლაზმური ველები, ტელეპორტ [...]

    19. Mohamedridha Alaskari محمد رضا العسكري on said:

      There's no denying in the scientific researches. Kaku encouraged for free thinking, "thinking out of the box!"I believe teleportation is the most interesting matter in this book. Hence it doesn't matter what's your beliefs bit you need to bear in mind that everything is possible if not at the current time it going to be happening in the future. Whether you like it or not. Thank you Kaku

    20. Mehriban on said:

      В литературном плане мой 2017-ый прошёл под знаком фантастики, поэтому считаю книгу рассматривающую научную подоплёку тех или иных популярных концепций (таких как силовые поля, телепортация, невидимость, путешествия во времени и так далее ) и оценивающую вероятность их восс [...]

    21. Robert Day on said:

      I don't have a TV.That used to be a radical statement, but now that everything (yes - everything!) is on the Internet, people don't fuss so much.Thing is though - I don't know people - unless they appear in movies or in the ads that clog up websites.Which brings us to Michio Kaku.Without my knowledge, he has sneaked into the world and done stuff like this: he is a futurist, populariser of science, and theoretical physicist, as well as a bestselling author and the host of two radio programs. He i [...]

    22. Huda on said:

      i love love love this book.There, I had to say that first before I get anything else out. Searching for the right person to talk to me about science has proven difficult, and I probably didn't even know it was difficult to connect to an author on this subject before I got to know Michio Kaku. In Physics of the Impossible, readers will explore possibilities of sci-fi features in real-time. So they would be questions like: how close are we to building a force field? Is invisibility actually possib [...]

    23. Jenny williams on said:

      I love Michio Kaku's approach, theories and views. I follow his website from time to time to see what different discoveries he makes every day. Physics Of The Impossible is a novel that requires some background knowledge and understanding of physics to truly get what he is saying. This book had example after example after example of all of the different things they said we would NEVER be able to do as a human race and just a decade or so later we are doing far more than what scientists said was [...]

    24. Judyta Szaciłło on said:

      After a five-star impression that the Author had left me with his "Hyperspace", I couldn't give this book more than a four. I liked it very much, but I didn't feel that interested in all those ray guns, death stars and light sabres. The second and the third part of the book were more like "Hyperspace", exploring the very edge of theoretical physics and its impact on our understanding of the reality - and these parts I liked much better. I can't say I've understood everything, but even the phanto [...]

    25. Bookmarks Magazine on said:

      Kaku (Parallel Worlds, Beyond Einstein, Hyperspace) introduces complex theories of physics to general readers. As The Economist notes, Kaku "makes a good stab at explaining difficult physics. But his grasp of his subject is perhaps trumped by his knowledge of science fiction." While Kaku writes in language designed to captivate nonscience readers, it's his references to pop culture

    26. Gendou on said:

      Notice that I filed this one under fiction. Kaku is a HACK. This whole book is an exercise in misunderstanding the word "impossible". There is no scientific value to this book. It is a fanciful weave of outright scientific untruth, confusing metaphors, and semantic diarrhea. DO NOT READ THIS BOOK!

    27. Noah Goats on said:

      This is a well written, engaging, informative and even entertaining work of popular science. Kaku takes a lot of the most popular ideas from science fiction, from light sabers to multiple universes, and then he asks the question, "based on our understanding of the laws of physics, is this possible?" It turns out this is a fun way to learn some serious science, especially since Kaku has a gift for making the subject matter understandable to laymen such as myself. I'll read more of his books for s [...]

    28. Lena Rakhimova on said:

      Я думаю эта книга должна быть must-read для учеников в школах, чтобы показать физику сегодняшнего дня и пробудить интерес к физике, так как тут описаны разные направления и можно выбрать что-то своё понравившееся и посвятить этому своё свободное время или выбрать будущее своей [...]

    29. 47Time on said:

      There are plenty of references to physical phenomena and theory, stuff that has been tested thoroughly and is believed right now to be the truth about the universe. I say this because there have been plenty of times that stuff believed to be true were disproved years down the line, e.g. the Sun rotating around the Earth versus the reverse. I'm glad to see that I understand most of these things, so I didn't go through school for nothing. The author speculates that the future can hold many wonderf [...]

    30. أحمد دعدوش on said:

      ميشيو كاكو من أشهر كتاب الفيزياء النظرية المعاصرين ممن باتوا يؤمنون بأن العلم الحديث قد ابتلع الفلسفة والميتافيزيقيا، وأنه الوحيد المخول بالإجابة على كل الأسئلة. لذا تجد في كتاباته تغولا مذهلا للعلم على كل مجالات المعرفة، وهو ما يتبعه بطبيعة الحال تغول لخيال العقل البشري إ [...]

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