Physics of the Impossible

  • by Michio Kaku
  • Narrated by Feodor Chin
  • 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

One hundred years ago, scientists would have said that lasers, televisions, and the atomic bomb were beyond the realm of physical possibility. In Physics of the Impossible, the renowned physicist Michio Kaku explores to what extent the technologies and devices of science fiction (such as phasers, force fields, teleportation, and time travel) 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. In a compelling and thought-provoking narrative, he explains:
How the science of optics and electromagnetism may one day enable us to bend light around an object, like a stream flowing around a boulder, making the object invisible to observers downstream

How ramjet rockets, laser sails, antimatter engines, and nanorockets may one day take us to the nearby stars

How telepathy and psychokinesis, once considered pseudoscience, may one day be possible using advances in MRI, computers, superconductivity, and nanotechnology

Why a time machine is apparently consistent with the known laws of quantum physics, although it would take an unbelievably advanced civilization to actually build oneKaku uses his discussion of each technology as a jumping-off point to explain the science behind it. An extraordinary scientific adventure, Physics of the Impossible takes listeners on an unforgettable, mesmerizing journey into the world of science that both enlightens and entertains.

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What the Critics Say

"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)

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Customer Reviews

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Outstanding Book. Needs Author as Narrator.

Narrator does not have passion or understanding of the subject matter. Dr. Kaku's voice would bring both!
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- RW "RW"

Huge fan of Michio Kaku!!

What made the experience of listening to Physics of the Impossible the most enjoyable?

I love all of the ideas behind the chapters. Deciphering science fiction from fact is something many people cannot do alone, as they do not have physics backgrounds. Professor Kaku gives the listener valuable insight into the world of science and science fiction.


What other book might you compare Physics of the Impossible to and why?

His other books are equally amazing.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Everything - this is a must-have for those researching for science fiction writing and for those interested in science.


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- Samantha

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-28-2008
  • Publisher: Books on Tape