Michio Kaku

Michio Kaku, the author of Physics of the Impossible, or at least that’s what I know of him so far, is an author that is matter of fact and talks in a scientific way that makes you feel stupid for thinking the opposite. I however, like his writing style. I say this because in the contents there are three main points, with fifteen points under them, those three main points being, Class 1 Impossibilities, and underneath class one impossibilities there are almost every thing that we’ve come to hope for due to science fiction, with the first of the main points he takes your childhood and shoots it in the face. Force Fields, Death Stars, Teleportation, Psychokinesis, and Anti-matter all aspects of your science fiction knowledge, all of it, dead, face down in the water. But, he does it in a way that makes you feel stupid for believing in that being possible in the first place, and I, personally think it’s awesome. It makes him seem like he’s intellectually capable of disproving this, but it also seems like he’s sad that it’s impossible. It’s almost as if he’s disproving them just to entice the scientist in all of us to try and prove him wrong, he wants us to prove him wrong, but how can we when he easily states the facts that disallow us to prove it. His writing style is a dare. It’s not really a work of writing, it’s a 340 challenge of wits, with the prize being all of the things he stated as impossible. I think that the risk is well worth the return, but the return is so, well, finicky, that it would take too much time, moving an object atom by atom through space and then recreating it on the other side isn’t impossible, instantaneous teleportation is unrealistic and impossible, but delayed teleportation is completely possible. It can happen, it could easily been done, especially if we get all of the greatest minds to focus on one particular problem, then it would be solved extremely quickly, it would be amazing. However, the real point is the author, he writes in a way that is challenging, but challenges you in a way that you can never beat him. It’s a big goose chase. A big intellectual maze that has no end, that has no prize other than the continuation of proving what he states in his book.

Advertisements