Visions

How Science Will Revolutionize the 21st Century

Author: Michio Kaku

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191647330

Category: Science

Page: 416

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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.
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Visions

How Science Will Revolutionize the 21st Century

Author: Michio Kaku

Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks

ISBN: 9780192880185

Category: Science

Page: 403

View: 507

This volume collects the research of today's scientists to explore the possibilities of the science of tomorrow. Among the issues covered are how decoding DNA will allow us to alter and reshape our genetic heritage, and how quantum physicists will harness the energy of the Universe.
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Visions

How Science Will Revolutionize the 21st Century

Author: Michio Kaku

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 0307794776

Category: Science

Page: 416

View: 4110

In Visions, physicist and author Michio Kaku examines the great scientific revolutions that have dramatically reshaped the twentieth century--the quantum mechanics, biogenetics, and artificial intelligence--and shows how they will change and alter science and the way we live. The next century will witness more far-reaching scientific revolutions, as we make the transition from unraveling the secrets of nature to becoming masters of nature. We will no longer be passive bystanders to the dance of the universe, but will become creative choreographers of matter, life, and intelligence. The first section of Visions presents a shocking look at a cyber-world infiltrated by millions of tiny intelligence systems. Part two illustrates how the decoding of DNA's genetic structure will allow humans the "godlike ability to manipulate life almost at will." Finally, VISIONS focuses on the future of quantum physics, in which physicists will perfect new ways to manipulate matter and harness the cosmic energy of the universe. What makes Michio Kaku's vision of the science of the future so compelling--and so different from the mere forecasts of most thinkers--is that it is based on the groundbreaking research taking place in labs today, as well as the consensus of over 150 of Kaku's scientific colleagues. Science, for all its breathtaking change, evolves slowly; we can accurately predict, asserts Kaku, what the direction of science will be, based on the paths that are being forged today. A thrilling, unique narrative that brings together the thinking of many of the world's most accomplished scientists to explore the world of the future, Visions is science writing at its best.
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Hyperspace

A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the Tenth Dimension

Author: Michio Kaku

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780195085143

Category: Science

Page: 359

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A noted theoretical physicist offers an understandable and timely explanation of the cutting edge of modern physics, offering insights into research on the tenth dimension, time warps, black holes, and multiple universes, providing glimpses into the universe's ultimate nature.
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Vision 21st century

Author: K. Anantharama Rao

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: India

Page: 631

View: 364

Contributed articles on varied themes pertinent to post-emancipation India and its future in the new century.
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Einstein's Cosmos

How Albert Einstein's Vision Transformed Our Understanding of Space and Time

Author: Michio Kaku

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1474602789

Category: Science

Page: 224

View: 389

Few figures loom as large as Albert Einstein in our contemporary culture. It is truly remarkable that a man from such humble beginnings, an unemployed dreamer without a future or a job, who was written off by his professors as a hopeless loser, could to dare to scale the heights he reached. In this enlightening book, Michio Kaku reasseses Einstein's work by centring on his three great theories: special relativity, general relativity and the Unified Field Theory. He first yielded the equation E =mc2 which is now such a fixture in our culture that it is practically a ubiquitous slogan. But the subsequent theories led to the Big Bang theory, and have changed irrevocably the way we perceive time and space. Michio Kaku offers a new, refreshing look at the pioneering work of Einstein, giving a more accurate portrayal of his enduring legacy than previous biographies. As today's advanced physicists continue their search to fulfil Einstein's most cherished dream, a 'theory of everything', he is recognised as a prophet who set the agenda for modern physics.
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Physics of the Future

The Inventions that Will Transform Our Lives

Author: Michio Kaku

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141044241

Category: Discoveries in science

Page: 389

View: 3972

'A whirlwind tour of technological possiblity' New Scientist We all wish we could predict the future, but most of us don't know enough about the science that makes it possible. That's why Michio Kaku decided to talk to the people who really know - the visionaries who are already inventing the future in their labs. Based on interviews with over three hundred of the world's top scientists, Kaku gives us an insider's perspective on the revolutionary advances that mean we'll soon be able to take an elevator into space, access the internet via our contact lenses, scan our DNA for signs of disease and even change the shape of objects - and all still within the laws of known physics. This isn't just the shape of things to come - as Kaku shows, it's already happening. 'One of the gurus of modern physics' Financial Times 'An entertaining account of envelope-pushing research' Economist 'A wide-ranging tour of what to expect from technological progress over the next century or so . . . fascinating' Wall Street Journal 'Mind-bending . . . fascinating . . . engrossing' San Francisco Chronicle
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Physics of the Impossible

A Scientific Exploration of the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation and Time Travel

Author: Michio Kaku

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141030909

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 720

'A brilliant, provocative, freewheeling tour around the exotic shores of physics' Independent From cyborgs, starships,UFOs, aliens and antimatter to telepathy, invisibility, psychokinesis and precognition According to Albert Einstein, 'If at first an idea does not sound absurd, there is not hope for it.' Physics of the Impossible shows how our most far-fetched ideas today are destined to become tomorrow's reality. Michio Kaku, bestselling author and one of the world's most acclaimed physicists, looks at the science of the future and explains what's just around the corner, what we might have to wait a few millennia to get our hands on and how surprisingly little of it is truly impossible. 'One of the world's most distinguished physicists ...... takes the reader on a journey to the frontiers of science and beyond' Guardian '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' Sunday Telegraph 'Science as escapist literature . . . Kaku is to be congratulated' Los Angeles Times 'Michio Kaku is truly a phenomenon' Focus 'A rich compendium of jaw-dropping reality checks' The Times
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Introduction to Superstrings

Author: Michio Kaku

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1468403192

Category: Science

Page: 568

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We are all agreed that your theory is crazy. The question which divides us is whether it is crazy enough. Niels Bohr Superstring theory has emerged as the most promising candidate for a quan tum theory of all known interactions. Superstrings apparently solve a problem that has defied solution for the past 50 years, namely the unification of the two great fundamental physical theories of the century, quantum field theory and general relativity. Superstring theory introduces an entirely new physical picture into theoretical physics and a new mathematics that has startled even the mathematicians. Ironically, although superstring theory is supposed to provide a unified field theory of the universe, the theory itself often seems like a confused jumble offolklore, random rules of thumb, and intuition. This is because the develop ment of superstring theory has been unlike that of any other theory, such as general relativity, which began with a geometry and an action and later evolved into a quantum theory. Superstring theory, by contrast, has been evolving backward for the past 20 years. It has a bizarre history, beginning with the purely accidental discovery of the quantum theory in 1968 by G. Veneziano and M. Suzuki. Thumbing through old math books, they stumbled by chance on the Beta function, written down in the last century by mathematician Leonhard Euler.
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Beyond Einstein

The Cosmic Quest for the Theory of the Universe

Author: Michio Kaku,Jennifer Trainer Thompson

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780192861962

Category: Science

Page: 230

View: 5994

What is superstring theory and why is it important? Can superstrings offer the fulfilment of Einstein's lifelong dream of a Theory of Everything? This account of the discoveries that have led scientists to the brightest new prospect in theoretical physics today is co-authored by the best-selling author of Hyperspace and one of the leading pioneers in superstrings, Michio Kaku. Revised and updated with groundbreaking research, the book approaches scientific questions with the excitement of a detective story, offering a look at the new science that may make the impossible possible.
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The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

50th Anniversary Edition

Author: Thomas S. Kuhn

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226458148

Category: Science

Page: 264

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A good book may have the power to change the way we see the world, but a great book actually becomes part of our daily consciousness, pervading our thinking to the point that we take it for granted, and we forget how provocative and challenging its ideas once were—and still are. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions is that kind of book. When it was first published in 1962, it was a landmark event in the history and philosophy of science. Fifty years later, it still has many lessons to teach. With The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, Kuhn challenged long-standing linear notions of scientific progress, arguing that transformative ideas don’t arise from the day-to-day, gradual process of experimentation and data accumulation but that the revolutions in science, those breakthrough moments that disrupt accepted thinking and offer unanticipated ideas, occur outside of “normal science,” as he called it. Though Kuhn was writing when physics ruled the sciences, his ideas on how scientific revolutions bring order to the anomalies that amass over time in research experiments are still instructive in our biotech age. This new edition of Kuhn’s essential work in the history of science includes an insightful introduction by Ian Hacking, which clarifies terms popularized by Kuhn, including paradigm and incommensurability, and applies Kuhn’s ideas to the science of today. Usefully keyed to the separate sections of the book, Hacking’s introduction provides important background information as well as a contemporary context. Newly designed, with an expanded index, this edition will be eagerly welcomed by the next generation of readers seeking to understand the history of our perspectives on science.
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The Future of the Mind

The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind

Author: Michio Kaku

Publisher: Anchor Books

ISBN: 0307473341

Category: Psychology

Page: 377

View: 3545

An authoritative survey of current groundbreaking research into the human mind reveals how top international laboratories have innovated unique technologies for recording profound mental capabilities and enabling controversial opportunities in the field of cognition enhancement.
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Zombies in Western Culture

A Twenty-First Century Crisis

Author: John Vervaeke,Christopher Mastropietro,Filip Miscevic

Publisher: Open Book Publishers

ISBN: 178374331X

Category: Social Science

Page: 104

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Why has the zombie become such a pervasive figure in twenty-first-century popular culture? John Vervaeke, Christopher Mastropietro and Filip Miscevic seek to answer this question by arguing that particular aspects of the zombie, common to a variety of media forms, reflect a crisis in modern Western culture. The authors examine the essential features of the zombie, including mindlessness, ugliness and homelessness, and argue that these reflect the outlook of the contemporary West and its attendant zeitgeists of anxiety, alienation, disconnection and disenfranchisement. They trace the relationship between zombies and the theme of secular apocalypse, demonstrating that the zombie draws its power from being a perversion of the Christian mythos of death and resurrection. Symbolic of a lost Christian worldview, the zombie represents a world that can no longer explain itself, nor provide us with instructions for how to live within it. The concept of 'domicide' or the destruction of home is developed to describe the modern crisis of meaning that the zombie both represents and reflects. This is illustrated using case studies including the relocation of the Anishinaabe of the Grassy Narrows First Nation, and the upheaval of population displacement in the Hellenistic period. Finally, the authors invoke and reformulate symbols of the four horseman of the apocalypse as rhetorical analogues to frame those aspects of contemporary collapse that elucidate the horror of the zombie. Zombies in Western Culture: A Twenty-First Century Crisis is required reading for anyone interested in the phenomenon of zombies in contemporary culture. It will also be of interest to an interdisciplinary audience including students and scholars of culture studies, semiotics, philosophy, religious studies, eschatology, anthropology, Jungian studies, and sociology.
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What Will Be

How the World of Information Will Change

Author: Michael L. Dertouzos

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0061873322

Category: Social Science

Page: 384

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Michael Dertouzos has been an insightful commentator and an active participant in the creation of the Information Age.Now, in What Will Be, he offers a thought-provoking and entertaining vision of the world of the next decade -- and of the next century. Dertouzos examines the impact that the following new technologies and challenges will have on our lives as the Information Revolution progresses: all the music, film and text ever produced will be available on-demand in our own homes your "bodynet" will let you make phone calls, check email and pay bills as you walk down the street advances in telecommunication will radically alter the role of face-to-face contact in our lives global disparities in infrastructure will widen the gap between rich and poor surgical mini-robots and online care will change the practice of medicine as we know it. Detailed, accessible and visionary, What Will Be is essential for Information Age revolutionaries and technological neophytes alike.
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Parallel Worlds

A Journey Through Creation, Higher Dimensions, And the Future of the Cosmos

Author: Michio Kaku

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 1400033721

Category: Science

Page: 428

View: 659

Sheds new light on discoveries that have revolutionized the field of cosmology and transformed understanding of the universe, offering an explanation of the multiverse M-theory and its implications in terms of the fate of our own universe.
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The Sun, the Genome & the Internet

Tools of Scientific Revolutions

Author: Freeman J. Dyson

Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780195129427

Category: Science

Page: 124

View: 332

The author argues that technological changes fundamentally alter our ethical and social arrangements. He shows that three rapidly advancing technologies - solar energy, genetic engineering and world-wide communication - have the combined potential to create more equal distribution of wealth.
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Strings, Conformal Fields, and Topology

An Introduction

Author: Michio Kaku

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1468403974

Category: Science

Page: 535

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Following on the foundations laid in his earlier book "Introduction to Superstrings", Professor Kaku discusses such topics as the classification of conformal string theories, the non-polynomial closed string field theory, matrix models, and topological field theory. The presentation of the material is self-contained, and several chapters review material expounded in the earlier book. This book provides students with an understanding of the main areas of current progress in string theory, placing the reader at the forefront of current research.
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Nano

The Emerging Science of Nanotechnology

Author: Ed Regis

Publisher: Back Bay Books

ISBN: 9780316738521

Category: Science

Page: 336

View: 6688

Nano tells the gripping story of how K. Eric Drexler and other scientists pioneered this emerging science and explores what it could mean for our future.
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Telecosm

How Infinite Bandwidth Will Revolutionize Our World

Author: George Gilder

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 074321594X

Category: Science

Page: 368

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The computer age is over. After a cataclysmic global run of thirty years, it has given birth to the age of the telecosm -- the world enabled and defined by new communications technology. Chips and software will continue to make great contributions to our lives, but the action is elsewhere. To seek the key to great wealth and to understand the bewildering ways that high tech is restructuring our lives, look not to chip speed but to communication power, or bandwidth. Bandwidth is exploding, and its abundance is the most important social and economic fact of our time. George Gilder is one of the great technological visionaries, and "the man who put the 's' in 'telecosm'" (Telephony magazine). He is equally famous for understanding and predicting the nuts and bolts of complex technologies, and for putting it all together in a soaring view of why things change, and what it means for our daily lives. His track record of futurist predictions is one of the best, often proving to be right even when initially opposed by mighty corporations and governments. He foresaw the power of fiber and wireless optics, the decline of the telephone regime, and the explosion of handheld computers, among many trends. His list of favored companies outpaced even the soaring Nasdaq in 1999 by more than double. His long-awaited Telecosm is a bible of the new age of communications. Equal parts science story, business history, social analysis, and prediction, it is the one book you need to make sense of the titanic changes underway in our lives. Whether you surf the net constantly or not at all, whether you live on your cell phone or hate it for its invasion of private life, you need this book. It has been less than two decades since the introduction of the IBM personal computer, and yet the enormous changes wrought in our lives by the computer will pale beside the changes of the telecosm. Gilder explains why computers will "empty out," with their components migrating to the net; why hundreds of low-flying satellites will enable hand-held computers and communicators to become ubiquitous; why television will die; why newspapers and magazines will revive; why advertising will become less obnoxious; and why companies will never be able to waste your time again. Along the way you will meet the movers and shakers who have made the telecosm possible. From Charles Townes and Gordon Gould, who invented the laser, to the story of JDS Uniphase, "the Intel of the Telecosm," to the birthing of fiberless optics pioneer TeraBeam, here are the inventors and entrepreneurs who will be hailed as the next Edison or Gates. From hardware to software to chips to storage, here are the technologies that will soon be as basic as the air we breathe.
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Reinventing Capitalism in the Age of Big Data

Author: Viktor Mayer-Schonberger,Thomas Ramge

Publisher: John Murray

ISBN: 9781473656529

Category:

Page: 288

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Markets have long been acknowledged to be a superior mechanism for managing resources but until the advent of big data, they largely functioned better in theory than in practice. Now, as ideal markets are within reach because of vastly greater access to information, we are on the verge of a major disruption. As data becomes a more valuable asset than cash, the rules for surviving and thriving are changing. Reinventing Capitalism is a provocative look at how data is reinventing markets and, in so doing, is ushering in an era where the firm is no longer predominant. With richer and more comprehensive information about human wants and needs, an economy powered by data offers the possibility of increased abundance, equality, and resilience. The data-driven markets that will thrive in this environment are far better than firms at organizing human endeavors, meaning that finance driven capitalism is being displaced by its more efficient, moresustainable, and more democratic disruptor: data capitalism.
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