The latest book from theoretical physicist Michio Kaku was released yesterday in the U.S., and it sounds right up the alley of most TDG readers: Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration Into the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation, and Time Travel.
One hundred 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.
The L.A. Times has reviewed the book, and Kaku also wrote an article on some of the topics covered for Discover Magazine, which you can read online. Better still, just pick up a copy of the book (Amazon US or preorder from Amazon UK).