Human civilization is on the verge of spreading beyond Earth. More than a possibility, it is becoming a necessity: whether our hand is forced by climate change and resource depletion or whether future catastrophes compel us to abandon Earth, one day we will make our homes among the stars.
World-renowned physicist and futurist Michio Kaku explores in rich, accessible detail how humanity might gradually develop a sustainable civilization in outer space. With his trademark storytelling verve, Kaku shows us how science fiction is becoming reality: mind-boggling developments in robotics, nanotechnology, and biotechnology could enable us to build habitable cities on Mars; nearby stars might be reached by microscopic spaceships sailing through space on laser beams; and technology might one day allow us to transcend our physical bodies entirely.
With irrepressible enthusiasm and wonder, Dr. Kaku takes readers on a fascinating journey to a future in which humanity could finally fulfil its long-awaited destiny among the stars - and perhaps even achieve immortality.
About the Author
Michio Kaku is a leading theoretical physicist and one of the founders of string theory, widely regarded as the strongest candidate for a 'theory of everything'. He is also one of the most gifted popularizers of science of his generation, author of Hyperspace, Visions, Einstein's Cosmos and Parallel Worlds. His latest book is Physics of the Impossible (Penguin, 2008).
He also hosts the weekly hour-long US radio show Explorations. He holds the Henry Semat Professorship in Theoretical Physics at the City University of New York where he has taught for over twenty-five years.