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After a long hiatus, I have been reading a little bit and want to write about it.
Michio Kaku is somewhat famous as the “physics guy” here and there, as he regurlary appears on shows and stuff to explain physics. Which is a good thing. In this book he does the same. The title translates as: The Physics of the impossible. Beamer, Phaser, Time machines.
It is now some years old so some of the projects he write about now have been conducted, which makes the book almost even cooler. So what is it about?
Kaku tries to explain in simple terms the fundamental laws of (quantum)physics in order to explain which Sci-Fi technology could be reasonably achieved within the next decades, centuries, millenia or, well, never.
He manages to break it down to an understandable level, of course he leaves out the real mathematics. It is really usefull to get a grasp of the things he talks about and by that about what we are actually capable of atm.
As a high level nerd most of it was basically known to me, but for the typical John Doe, it really is a nice work.
To my pains:
None of these things is really terrible, but sometimes annoying. Still I learned some stuff and had a good time while doing it.
It is a nice book for Sci-Fi Game Masters and everyone basically interested in things like this. So money well spent. If you are really knowledgeable in the field you won´t find much new in it.