Human civilization is on the verge of spreading beyond Earth. More than a possibility, it is becoming a necessity: whether our hand is forced by climate change and resource depletion or whether future catastrophes compel us to abandon Earth, one day we will make our homes among the stars.
World-renowned physicist and futurist Michio Kaku explores in rich, accessible detail how humanity might gradually develop a sustainable civilization in outer space. With his trademark storytelling verve, Kaku shows us how science fiction is becoming reality: mind-boggling developments in robotics, nanotechnology, and biotechnology could enable us to build habitable cities on Mars; nearby stars might be reached by microscopic spaceships sailing through space on laser beams; and technology might one day allow us to transcend our physical bodies entirely.
With irrepressible enthusiasm and wonder, Dr. Kaku takes readers on a fascinating journey to a future in which humanity could finally fulfil its long-awaited destiny among the stars - and perhaps even achieve immortality.
About the Author
Michio Kaku is a leading theoretical physicist and one of the founders of string theory, widely regarded as the strongest candidate for a 'theory of everything'. He is also one of the most gifted popularizers of science of his generation, author of Hyperspace, Visions, Einstein's Cosmos and Parallel Worlds. His latest book is Physics of the Impossible (Penguin, 2008).
He also hosts the weekly hour-long US radio show Explorations. He holds the Henry Semat Professorship in Theoretical Physics at the City University of New York where he has taught for over twenty-five years.
Summons up the sheer wonder of science [on Physics of the Future] * Daily Telegraph *
Mind-bending ... fascinating ... engrossing [on Physics of the Future] * San Francisco Chronicle *
After reading Kaku's boundless enthusiasm for the future, what you wouldn't give for a real-life time machine to travel forwards and see just how accurate his predictions are [on Physics of the Impossible] * Sunday Telegraph *
brilliant, provocative, freewheeling [on Physics of the Impossible] * Independent *
Space travel has again become mass entertainment as well as, perhaps, mass aspiration. It is good timing, then, for a book by the theoretical physicist Michio Kaku on the possible paths to our future as a galaxy-trotting species. . . . With admirable clarity and ease, Mr. Kaku rehearses the history of rocketry and the formation of the planets, and explains how we might colonize not only Mars but some of the rocky moons of the gas giants Jupiter and Saturn. . . . The book has an infectious, can-do enthusiasm. -- Steven Poole * The Wall Street Journal *
Kaku is a practiced and very effective popularizer of science for a general audience; he's unfailingly interesting, with an unerring instinct for the most thought-provoking aspects of his various subjects. The sheer amount of technical scientific speculation in The Future of Humanity is amazing, and yet Kaku is in smooth, perfect control of it the entire time. -- Steve Donoghue * Christian Science Monitor *
Kaku argues passionately that our future lies not on Earth, but in the stars * National Geographic *
Compelling ... When you're looking through Michio Kaku's eyes, the future looks bright indeed * The Maine Edge *
Kaku is an international treasure and a man of infectious enthusiasm * The Times *