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M. Kaku
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4 Mar 1999
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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  • Paperback: 420 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; New Ed edition (4 Mar 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192880187
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192880185
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 19.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 157,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Take it easy: that's Michio Kaku's motto. Given the extraordinary advances science has thrown up in time for the millennium, the only way you could possibly fit them into a single volume is by a correspondingly massive simplification.

Subtitled "How science will revolutionise the 21st century and beyond" Visionsassumes that by and large scientists get to do whatever they like, that all technologies are consumer technologies and that consumers welcome anything and everything science throws at them. Kaku gets away with this frankly dodgy strategy by dint of sheer hard work. He has based his predictions on interviews with more than 150 renowned working scientists, he integrates these interviews with a huge body of original journalistic material and above all he roots that mass of information on an entirely reasonable model of what the purpose of science will be in the third millennium. Up until now, science has expended its efforts on decoding most of the fundamental natural processes--"the dance," as Kaku puts it, of elementary particles deep inside stars and the rhythms of DNA molecules coiling and uncoiling within our bodies". Science's task now, Kaku believes, is to cross- pollinate advances thrown up by the study of matter, biology and mind--modern science's three main theatres of endeavour. "We are now making the transition from amateur chess players to grand masters," he writes, "from observers to choreographers of nature." Then again, he also believes that "the Internet...will eventually become a "Magic Mirror" that appears in fairy tales, able to speak with the wisdom of the human race." Kaku, in short, deserves a good slapping--but he also deserves to be read. --Simon Ings


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4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic future! 14 July 1999
By A Customer
This is certainly a recommended book to read. It is appealing and gives a very broad perspective of the advances in the main pillars of modern science. The author was in a very privileged situation (as explained by himself) which gives him the necessary background to produce such a handful of predictions of how technology will probably change our lives in the next 100 years. However, we have an uncomfortable feeling about these predictions, since some of them are really fantastic and are close to what we imagine as science fiction in some cases. These predictions also show some potential threats to things such as individual freedom. This is an issue only slightly touched by this book, which tries to give a very optimistic vision of the future, of which I am not so sure about. Anyway, this should not stop the advances in science and the best way of preserving our freedom is to keep being informed about these subjects.
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By Andrew Dalby VINE VOICE
The last review from 2005 said that the book is interesting but had become dated and now 3 years later this is even more true.

The book was written 10 years ago with the optimism of the genome, computer and quantum revolutions. A lot has happened since then. From the quantum revolutions all of the space projects have been abandoned. From the biological revolutions cancer has proved to be much more complex and the genome has less genes than we expected but nevertheless is more reluctant to yield its secrets. In computing we have done better than expected even without the quantum computer or optical computers.

So now it is a book that is more interesting for those looking at the history and philosophy of science. It shows how a scientist makes predictions and hypothesizes about the future only to find the future rarely unfolds as expected.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but dated 20 Jan 2004
By James
A fascinating book, which gets better the futher away from the present it goes. Unfortunately being writen around 5 years ago some of the modern predictions seem dated. Still worth a read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You simply must read this book... 7 Jun 2000
By A Customer
Rarely have I found a book where the subject matter is so intriguing that I simply couldn't put it down. Kaku presents such a well thought out and expertly written vision of the next century that is hard not to believe. Obviously much is extrapolated from current trends in science and technology, but the book is well worth reading merely to get an insight into the developments currently underway. Read this book - you won't be disappointed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Window to the future 3 Jan 2002
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If you want to have a feel of what the future will be... try this book. Apart from a few scientific terms, Kaku provides some good examples and relates very well to real world--our everyday life.
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