Book Review: Physics of the Future – Michio Kaku

Title: Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives By the Year 2100
Author: Michio Kaku
ISBN: 9780307473332
Pages: 480
Release Date: February 21, 2012
Publisher: Anchor
Genre: Science, Non-Fiction
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary:

In this book, Michio Kaku takes a close look at the science and technology of today. He predicts advances in areas such as transportation, computing, and even artificial intelligence, presenting a picture of what life might look like in the year 2100.

Review:

Michio Kaku is one of the preeminent physicists of our time, and in his latest book Physics of the Future, he gives the reader a glimpse of how technology might develop and evolve over the course of the next century. He takes care to explain the underlying scientific principles behind every advancement he discusses, so that the reader understands where they come from and how realistic they might be. He makes sure that all of his predictions are centered on real science, rather than fantastical notions.

Even with that foundation, though, some of the predictions in Physics of the Future seem a bit farfetched. That’s not to say that they will never happen, but that 100 years seems like too short of a time period for them to develop. Then again, looking at the development of computer technology in the last twenty years, it’s hard to say what’s realistic or not. Kaku certainly gives the reader something to think about with this book.

Kaku writes with clear, precise prose in Physics of the Future. It’s clearly aimed at the layperson, and Kaku makes sure that the reader understands his ideas and thoughts. It makes for an interesting, engaging read. As a matter of fact, the book is so clear that it may be a good choice for a science and technology-minded younger person who is eager to learn about how things might develop over the next one hundred years.

If you’re at all interested in how the future might unfold, Physics of the Future is a great read. Kaku manages to keep the book engaging from beginning to end, and it’s a lot of fun to speculate on his thoughts and imagine what life would be like with internet-enabled contact lenses and magnetic cars that float.

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Comments

  1. This book sounds absolutely fascinating! I first heard it mentioned on an episode of Books on the Nightstand and wanted to make a note of the title but could never find the book again. So glad you read it and reviewed it here. Now I’m definitely adding it to Goodreads this time around. I can’t wait to read it!

  2. This book sounds absolutely fascinating! I first heard it mentioned on an episode of Books on the Nightstand and wanted to make a note of the title but could never find the book again. So glad you read it and reviewed it here. Now I’m definitely adding it to Goodreads this time around. I can’t wait to read it!

  3. Ok, so this would be the perfect book for my husband and son, which is excellent, because I am always looking for something that they can both share and discuss. I, of course, would get the chance to hear all about it over the dinner table, and would want to read it too. This was a fantastic review. Now I just need to add it to my cart and pull the trigger. Thanks, Swapna!

  4. Ok, so this would be the perfect book for my husband and son, which is excellent, because I am always looking for something that they can both share and discuss. I, of course, would get the chance to hear all about it over the dinner table, and would want to read it too. This was a fantastic review. Now I just need to add it to my cart and pull the trigger. Thanks, Swapna!

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