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Famed Physicist Michio Kaku Speaks at Commencement
May 6, 2011
To Address Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Rose-Hulman is proud to announce Dr. Michio
Kaku, world-renowned theoretical physicist, futurist,
popularizer of science, and best-selling author, as the
2011 Commencement speaker for Rose-Hulman Institute of
Technology's 133rd commencement on May 28.
Dr. Kaku's most recent book, Physics of the Future,
currently on the New York Times bestsellers list, examines how
science will shape human destiny and people's daily lives by the
Year 2100. He is a co-founder of string field theory and
continues Einstein's search for a "Theory of Everything" seeking to
unite the four fundamental forces of nature into one unified
"The Class of 2011 will join a proud tradition of Rose-Hulman
alumni solving today's most challenging problems in technology,
medicine, business and social services. Dr. Michio Kaku is
one of the world's most influential scientists of our time and he
will be addressing the most talented graduates in the history of
Rose-Hulman," said President Matt Branam.
Dr. Kaku graduated at the head of his class at Harvard
University in 1968. He is the host of the radio weekly
programs, Science Fantastic and Explorations in
Science, has hosted numerous documentaries, including the
British Broadcasting Corporation's recent series on time, and he
has been featured in documentaries like Me & Isaac
Newton. He has written for popular science
publications, including Discover, Wired
and New Scientist.
After Harvard, Dr. Kaku went on to earn a Ph.D. in 1972 from the
Berkeley Radiation Laboratory at the University of California,
Berkeley. He now holds the Henry Semat Chair and
Professorship in theoretical physics at the City College of New
York. He is also a visiting professor at the Institute for
Advanced Study at Princeton University and is a Fellow of the
American Physical Society.
Other best-selling books by Dr. Kaku have been
Visions: How Science Will
Revolutionize the 21st Century and Beyond (1999),
Physics of the Impossible (2008), Parallel
Worlds (2006), Einstein's Cosmos
(2005), Beyond Einstein (1995) and
The physicist whose theoretical talents have helped contribute
string field theory to our body of recent scientific knowledge
devotes much of his time to popularizing the concepts of physics,
and he says he's often asked why doesn't he spend less time
proselytizing and more time doing science. In one of his many
televised appearances, Kaku explained that the cancellation of the
American super collider told him that physicists had better "sing
for their supper."
When Kaku writes about the technologies of the future,
he discusses the possibilities before the backdrop
of the science-fiction stories he loved growing up, Star Trek, Star
Wars, Flash Gordon, etc. For example, in his book Physics of
the Impossible, he divides technologies we might consider
impossible into 3 classes. Among the imminently possible
technologies (he calls these "Class I") are everything from robots
to anti-matter, including force fields, invisibility, "light
sabers" and "ray guns" (but for the want of a power pack). His
second category of physical possibilities could be thousands of
years away, like parallel universes and time travel. In class III,
technologies that defy the known laws of physics, Kaku includes
only perpetual motion machines and precognition.
Part of Kaku's unique popularity as a physicist/writer may
stem from the fact that his explanations focus not on why
technologies are impossible today, but on how impossible
technologies could become real in the future.
From all his appearances (see below), Kaku seems to enjoy
discussing the implications of theoretical physics, and he can
present it to the popular audience without daunting math formulas.
Instead, he uses analogy and metaphor drawn from the current
tangible world, often centering on technologies rooted in physics
research that have become part of daily life.
"We could be in
the middle of an
intergalactic conversation and we wouldn't
even know it."-- Michio Kaku on SETI/alien life
Learn more about Dr. Kaku at http://mkaku.org.