Genre: science nonfiction
Length: 335 pages of text, 403 pages with notes and indices
Interest: I was wandering the library science shelves to see if I could find something interesting. I remembering hearing several interviews with Kaku recently (probably associated with the publication of The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind), with many of the hosts gushing over the thrill of talking to Kaku. I thought this book was worth checking out. Sadly, I didn’t realize how old it was when I picked it up.
Summary: After talking with a number of scientists on his radio show and for other interviews, Kaku noticed a general consensus about elements of the future. The big fields that will drive innovation and revolution will be quantum mechanics, molecular biochemistry/DNA technology, and computers. The three will interact to drive major changes. Kaku provides predictions that are likely to occur by 2020, 2050, and 2100.
Final thoughts: I just couldn’t read the book. I didn’t realize the book was twenty years old when I picked it up, and we’re quite close to the first level of predictions. In the first two chapters, the predictions rang quite true, but were just off enough (usually just in terminology, not in idea) that it was annoying. The historical setting to the predictions was interesting, but I couldn’t read the predictions, even for the sense of “how close did he actually get?” Perhaps I’ll try one of his newer books instead.
Title comes from: He’s looking into the future to predict what the 21st century will look like.
Reading challenges fulfilled: none since I didn’t finish the book
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