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

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By (author) Department of Physics Michio Kaku

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  • Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 329 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 202mm x 6mm | 249g
  • Publication date: 4 July 2009
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0307278824
  • ISBN 13: 9780307278821
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 9,531

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Teleportation, time machines, force fields, and interstellar space ships--the stuff of science fiction or potentially attainable future technologies? Inspired by the fantastic worlds of "Star Trek, Star Wars, "and" Back to the Future," renowned theoretical physicist and bestselling author Michio Kaku takes an informed, serious, and often surprising look at what our current understanding of the universe's physical laws may permit in the near and distant future.Entertaining, informative, and imaginative, Physics of the Impossible""probes the very limits of human ingenuity and scientific possibility.

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Michio Kaku is the Henry Semat Professor of Theoretical Physics at the CUNY Graduate Center, a leader in the field of theoretical physics, and cofounder of string field theory. He is the author of several widely acclaimed science books, including Parallel Worlds, Visions, Beyond Einstein, and the bestseller Hyperspace. His books have been translated all over the world. He has written for "Time," "The Wall Street Journal," "The New York Times," "Discover Magazine," "The London Daily Telegraph," "New Scientist Magazine," and other periodcals.

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"[Kaku explores] what we still do not quite understand, those grey areas that are surely the most fascinating part of physics." --"New Scientist" "Kaku's latest book aims to explain exactly why some visions of the future may eventually be realized while others are likely to remain beyond the bounds of possibility. . . . Science fiction often explores such questions; science falls silent at this point. Kaku's work helps to fill a void." --"The Economist" "A fascinating exploration of the interface between science and science fiction, extremely well researched, lively, and tremendously entertaining." --Fritjof Capra, author of "The Tao of Physics" and "The Science of Leonardo" "Mighty few theoretical physicists would bother expounding some of these possible impossibilities, and Kaku is to be congratulated for doing so. . . . [He gets] the juices of future physicists flowing." --"Los Angeles Times"

Table of contents

Preface Acknowledgments Part I: Class I Impossibilities 1: Force Fields 2: Invisibility 3: Phasers and Death Stars 4: Teleportation 5: Telepathy 6: Psychokinesis 7: Robots 8: Extraterrestrials and UFOs 9: Starships 10: Antimatter and Anti-universes Part II: Class II Impossibilities 11: Faster Than Light 12: Time Travel 13: Parallel Universes Part III: Class III Impossibilities 14: Perpetual Motion Machines 15: Precognition 2 Epilogue: The Future of the Impossible Notes Bibliography Index