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Big Bang Theory

Michio Kaku

This month Kaku is bringing his stage talks to Australia in a series of “fireside chats” followed by questions and answers in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

By Stephen Luntz

String theory inventor Michio Kaku talks to Australasian Science about the recent discovery of gravitational waves, the search for parallel universes and a unified theory of everything.

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Professor Michio Kaku’s specialisation as a physicist was in string theory, one of the areas of science that the general public finds hardest to fathom. So there is a certain irony in the fact that Kaku now helps millions of people understand every scientific field through radio, documentaries and books.

When Kaku was a child he learned that Einstein had died with a manuscript unfinished. Deciding that his life’s ambition was to finish that work, Kaku went to his local library to find out more about what Einstein had been working on. “There was nothing written for kids,” Kaku says. “Later on I decided I wanted to write books for myself as a child.”

Kaku’s latest book, The Future of the Mind, was number one on the New York Times non-fiction bestseller list when Australasian Science interviewed him. While a book on the mind seems a long way from Einstein’s attempt to unite the four forces of nature, Kaku reveals he was also fascinated by telepathy and telekinesis as a child and spent hours trying to move objects with his thoughts. “I decided it was impossible, but now as a physicist I realise we can read minds, move things with the mind,” he says.

Such control currently requires bulky EEG machines and awkward robotics – not quite the smooth control of remote objects we think of as telekinesis. Nevertheless it is a start – and a lifeline of hope for...

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