Physics of the Impossible

  • by Michio Kaku
  • Narrated by Feodor Chin
  • 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A fascinating exploration of the science of the impossible - from death rays and force fields to invisibility cloaks - revealing to what extent such technologies might be achievable decades or millennia into the future.
100 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 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. He ranks the impossible technologies by categories - Class I, II, and III, depending on when they might be achieved, within the next century, millennia, or perhaps never. 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 one.
Kaku 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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Good content - terrible sound quality

I was really looking forward to this audiobook after listening to others by the same author. Unfortunately I really struggled to get passed the awful recording quality. It sounds as though it's been hugely electronically compressed beyond the point of tone degradation. I even deleted it and downloaded the high quality version...which is exactly the same. I got half way through and couldn't listen any more.
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- Robert Rhead

Nasty signal processing

Great story and cadence / tempo of narrator; sounds like it was recorded on a wax cylinder. Unlistenable.
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- Ruddigore

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-08-2017
  • Publisher: Michio Kaku