Visions

Visions : How Science Will Revolutionize the 21st Century

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New in paperback, from the bestselling author of Hyperspace, this spellbinding book brings together the cutting-edge research of today's foremost scientists to explore the science of tomorrow. Michio Kaku describes the development of computers and artificial intelligence, reveals how the decoding of the genetic structure of DNA will allow us to alter and reshape our genetic inheritance, and observes how quantum physicists are perfecting new ways of harnessing the matter and energy of the Universe. Visions is an exhilarating adventure into the future of our planet and ourselves.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 124 x 194 x 26mm | 439.99g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0192880187
  • 9780192880185
  • 950,519

Table of contents

Preface ; Part 1: Visions ; 1. Choreographers of matter, life, and intelligence ; Part 2: The Computer Revolution ; 2. The invisible computer ; 3. The intelligent planet ; 4. Machines that think ; 5. Beyond silicon; cyborgs and the ultimate computer ; 6. Second thoughts: will humans become obsolute? ; Part 3: The Biomolecular Revolution ; 7. Personal DNA codes ; 8. Conquering cancer - fixing our genes ; 9. Molecular medicine and the mind/body link ; 10. To live forever? ; 11. Playing God: designer children and clones ; 12. Second thoughts: brave new world? ; Part 4: The Quantum Revolution ; 13. The quantum future ; 14. To reach for the stars ; 15. Birth of a planetary civilization ; 16. Children of the stars ; Indexshow more

Review quote

If you only read one book about the 21st century, this is it Focus highly accessible and readable New Scientistshow more

About Michio Kaku

Michio Kaku is Henry Semat Professor of Theoretical Physics at the City College of New York. An internationally acclaimed physicist, he is the co-founder of the string field theory. He hosts a weekly hour-long radio science programme in the USA, and has appeared on many television programmes.show more

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Kaku is a physicist and author of Hyperspace. Here he ventures into different territory, offering a millennial look at the problems of ageing, curing cancer and other diseases, and job prospects for the 21st century, alongside the ideas about robots and spaceships that might seem his more natural territory. A fast-paced, snappy overview of what might lie ahead. (Kirkus UK)show more