Physics of the Impossible
A Scientific Exploration Into the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation, and Time TravelBook - 2008
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. InPhysics 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 one
Kaku 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.
Baker & Taylor
Looks at the scientific principles behind the technology of the future, examining the theoretical basis, as well as limitations, of the laws of physics to discuss how seemingly impossible devices could become commonplace in the future.
Kaku (theoretical physics, City University of New York), well known to viewers of science documentaries as an entertaining and understandable science interpreter, continues as such in this new book. He confesses his lifelong fascination with science fiction and the ideas of force fields, invisibility rays, hyperspeed space ships, time travel and more, and then examines each of these science fiction staples, concluding that one day we may manage almost all of them. Kaku writes in a conversational style with clear explanations of the physics involved. Happily, he also largely avoids irritating analogies, which generally confuse rather than clarify but are often used by scientists to explain their work to laymen. Kaku respects the intelligence of his readers, even if they haven't studied non-linear equations. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The distinguished physicist-author of Hyperspace looks at the scientific principles behind the technology of the future, examining the theoretical basis, as well as limitations, of the laws of physics to discuss how seemingly impossible devices could become commonplace in the future in such areas as teleportation, force fields, telepathy, invisibility, time travel, and more. 60,000 first printing.
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