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


By (author) 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: 9,103

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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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Author information

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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ADVANCE PRAISE FOR "PHYSICS OF THE IMPOSSIBLE" "Science and science fiction buffs can easily follow Kaku's explanations as he shows that in the wonderful worlds of science, impossible things are happening every day." --"Publishers Weekly" CRITICAL ACCLAIM FOR "PARALLEL WORLDS" "A wonderful tour, with an expert guide, of a cosmos whose comprehension forces us to stretch to the very limits of imagination." --Brian Greene, author of "The Fabric of the Cosmos" "A highly readable and exhilarating romp through the frontiers of cosmology." --Martin Rees, author of "Our Cosmic Habitat" and "Our Final Century" "A roller-coaster ride through the universe--and beyond--by one of the world's finest science writers." --Paul Davies, Australian Centre for Astrobiology, Macquarie University, Sydney, and author of "How to Build a Time Machine " CRITICAL ACCLAIM FOR "HYPERSPACE" "One of the best popular accounts of higher physics." --Jim Holt, "Wall Street Journal" "Among the best of the genre to appear in recent years . . . What a wonderful adventure it is." --"New York Times Book Review" "Mesmerizing . . . the reader exits dizzy, elated, and looking at the world in a literally revolutionary way." --"Washington Post Book World"

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