Physics of the Impossible by Michio Kaku

physics2      The fantastical and futuristic worlds of science fiction are wide open in terms of technical extremes – the teleportation of Star Trek, the Death Star of Star Wars, etc.  Will such technologies ever be doable?  The author explores these and other potential innovations, providing an accessible read in the realm of physics, a topic that I would normally shy away from.  Kaku makes it fun, though; he humanizes the greats of the scientific world (Newton, Einstein, et al.) and explains in layperson’s terms the mind-numbing factors of phasers and time travel, with enough pop culture references to make his approach hip.

     Speculative nonfiction doesn’t get any better than this very readable exploration of “what if” technologies and the feasibility of developing them. 

(William Hicks, Information Services)

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