Physics of the Impossible
One hundred years ago, scientists would have said that lasers, televisions, and the atomic bomb were beyond the realm of physical possibility. Here, physicist Michio Kaku explores to what extent the technologies and devices of science fiction that are deemed equally impossible today might well become… More »
One hundred years ago, scientists would have said that lasers, televisions, and the atomic bomb were beyond the realm of physical possibility. Here, 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. He uses his discussion of each technology as a jumping-off point to explain the science behind it.--From publisher description.« Less
Phasers and death stars
Extraterrestrials and UFOs
Antimatter and anti-universes
Faster than light
Perpetual motion machines
Epilogue: The future of the impossible
Force fields -- Invisibility -- Phasers and death stars -- Teleportation -- Telepathy -- Psychokinesis -- Robots -- Extraterrestrials and UFOs -- Starships -- Antimatter and anti-universes -- Faster than light -- Time travel -- Parallel universes -- Perpetual motion machines -- Precognition -- Epilogue: The future of the impossible
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There will always be things that are beyond our grasp, that are impossible to explore (such as the precise position of an electron, or the world existing beyond the reach of the speed of light). But the fundamental laws, I believe, are knowable and finite.
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