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4.0 out of 5 stars Predictions of the future that have become history
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...
Published on 23 Nov. 2008 by Andrew Dalby

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but dated
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.
Published on 20 Jan. 2004 by James


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4.0 out of 5 stars Predictions of the future that have become history, 23 Nov. 2008
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Andrew Dalby "ardalby" (oxford) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Visions: How Science Will Revolutionize the 21st Century (Paperback)
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 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic future!, 14 July 1999
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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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but dated, 20 Jan. 2004
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James "fatevilpigeon" (United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You simply must read this book..., 7 Jun. 2000
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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful signed copy, 28 Jan. 2010
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J. James "step forward" (leeds, uk) - See all my reviews
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the book not only came on time and in great condition it was signed by Michio Kaku himself! what a lovely suprise thanks!! :) great seller would be happy to use this one again!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Michio physics, 13 Feb. 2010
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This is Michio at his best, entertaining, interesting and totally absorbed in the subject which results in the reader becoming absorbed also. Can never get enough of this man.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ACE, 28 May 1999
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This book is just fantastic, It predicts the future in a nostradamus type fashion and is very believable!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great VISION!, 27 Jan. 2006
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How can you review a book like this..
Its so easy on the eye and a beautiful brain installation of all the futuristic possibilities and conceptions straight off the cuff, or so its seems, this book is a joy to read and I highly recommend it to absolutely anyone who has an interest in future theoretical thoughts in Science.
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4 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Jungle village better than Kaku's global village, 18 Nov. 1999
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The give-away in Kaku's book is the "Week In The Life" he sketches of an American in 2020. War has vanished. Want is no more. The technological surround is complete. Luxury and comfort have won. So have US-dominated multinational corporations, who have presumably copyrighted every life form in sight. There is no sign of democracy, pesky old human nature or other species. This core vision of Kaku's is, frankly, dismal, reminding me of e.e.cummings's "spiritually impotent pseudo-community". Compared to Kaku's dream future, life in a little village in the jungle, wearing few clothes, catching the odd peccary that runs through the grass huts, frolicking down at the waterfall, unencumbered by money, waste or techno-gadgetry seems like the wildest dream of paradise. And indeed, it was the kind of life we led for 300,000 years. If each individual scientist that Kaku interviewed for his childish book lost their grant tomorrow, it would be a better world.
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