In New Book, Kaku Looks at Life in 2100


Michio Kaku

Michio Kaku’s latest book, “Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100,” has been released by Doubleday.

Based on interviews with over 300 of the world’s top scientists, who are already inventing the future in their labs, Kaku — in a lucid and engaging fashion — presents the revolutionary developments in medicine, computers, quantum physics, and space travel that will forever change our way of life and alter the course of civilization itself.

Kaku makes such predictions as the following:

• The Internet will be in your contact lens. It will recognize people’s faces, display their biographies, and even translate their words into subtitles.

• You will control computers and appliances via tiny sensors that pick up your brain scans. You will be able to rearrange the shape of objects.

• Sensors in your clothing, bathroom, and appliances will monitor your vitals, and nanobots will scan your DNA and cells for signs of danger, allowing life expectancy to increase dramatically.

• Radically new spaceships, using laser propulsion, may replace the expensive chemical rockets of today. You may be able to take an elevator hundreds of miles into space by simply pushing the “up” button.

Kaku is a theoretical physicist, best-selling author, and popularizer of science. He’s the co-founder of string field theory (a branch of string theory), and continues Albert Einstein’s search to unite the four fundamental forces of nature into one unified theory.

His other books include “Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration of the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation, and Time Travel”;  “Parallel Worlds: A Journey Through Creation, Higher Dimensions, and the Future of the Cosmos”; “Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the Tenth Dimension”; and “Visions: How Science Will Revolutionize the 21st Century and Beyond.”

Kaku has appeared on television (Discovery, BBC, ABC, Science Channel, and CNN to name a few), written for popular science publications like Discover, Wired, and New Scientist, been featured in documentaries like “Me and Isaac Newton,” and hosted many of his own.

In the BBC Four series “Visions of the Future,” he explored the cutting-edge science of today, tomorrow, and beyond. In History Channel’s “The Universe,” interviews with the world’s leading physicists and historians are woven together with animated recreations and first-person accounts to explain concepts such as the formation of galaxies, the creation of elements and the formation of Earth itself.

Kaku hosted the Discovery Channel series “2057,” a look at technological changes over the next 50 years, and the Science Channel show “Physics of the Impossible,” based on the best-selling book of the same name.

He hosts two weekly radio programs heard on stations around the country. “Science Fantastic” is a live science talk show that airs every Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. EST. “Explorations in Science” is broadcast each week on WBAI New York City, with past shows available online.

Most recently, he has appeared on national news programs to discuss the nuclear crisis in Japan following the earthquake and tsunami.

Born to parents who had been interned during World War II, Kaku was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He received a bachelor’s degree (summa cum laude) in 1968 from Harvard University, where he came first in his physics class. He went on to the Berkeley Radiation Laboratory at UC Berkeley and received a Ph.D. in 1972. In 1973, he held a lectureship at Princeton University.

Kaku continues Einstein’s search for a “Theory of Everything,” seeking to unify the four fundamental forces of the universe — the strong force, the weak force, gravity and electromagnetism. He is the author of several scholarly, Ph.D.-level textbooks and has had more than 70 articles published in physics journals, covering topics such as superstring theory, supergravity, supersymmetry, and hadronic physics.

He holds the Henry Semat Chair and Professorship in theoretical physics at City College of New York, where he has taught for over 25 years. He has also been a visiting professor at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, as well as New York University.

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