Michio Kaku (加 來 道 雄 Kaku Michio) , American theoretical physicist, leading specialist in String Field Theory, a branch of string theory. He is also a futurologist, scientific popularizer, author of several best-sellers.
Kaku was born in San José, California. From Japanese parents, at home she was educated in the teachings of Buddhism, while at school she received Christian teaching. Kaku himself has pointed it out as a factor of interest when understanding his opinions: in Buddhism, the universe has neither beginning nor end, while in Christianity the universe is linear, and has both a beginning and an end. In his theories he tries to find the synthesis of both antinomies.
He studied at Cubberly High School where he was part of the Palo Alto chess team during the early 1960s. At the National Science Fair in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Michio caught the eye of physicist Edward Teller, who took Kaku as his protégé, and he was awarded the Hertz Engineering Scholarship.
Sponsored by Edward Teller, who offered him the Hertz Engineering scholarship, Kaku studied at Harvard University , where he received a Bachelor of Science Cum laude in 1968 , where he finished as the best student in physics. Later, he went to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley, where he received his Ph.D. in Physics in 1972 . In 1973 , he worked as a lectureship at Princeton University .
During the Vietnam War , Kaku completed his basic training for the US Navy at Fort Benning, Georgia, and completed his advanced infantry training at Fort Lewis, Washington . However, the Vietnam War had ended before he was dispatched as part of the infantry. For almost thirty years, he has held the Henry Semat Chair in Theoretical Physics at New York University and is one of the world’s best-known scientific disseminators; it presents two radio programs, and participates in television programs and documentaries. He is the author of dozens of articles and several books, some of them translated into Spanish: Nuclear Power (1986), Visions (1998), Hyperspace (2001), Einstein’s Universe (2005), Parallel Universes (2008) or Physics of the Future (2011).
He wrote several books …
- Nuclear Power: Both Sides (With Jennifer Trainer) (1982)
- To Win a Nuclear War: The Pentagon’s Secret War Plans (With Daniel Axelrod) (1987)
- Quantum Field Theory: A Modern Introduction (1993)
- Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey Throught Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the Tenth Dimension (1994)
- Beyond Einstein: Superstrings and the Quest for the Final Theory (with Jennifer Trainer Thompson) (1995)
- Visions: How Science Will Revolutionize the 21st Century (1998)
- Introduction to Superstrings and M-Theory (1999)
- Strings, Conformal Fields, and M-Theory (1999)
- Einstein’s Cosmos: How Albert Einstein’s Vision Transformed Our Understanding of Space and Time (2004)
- Parallel Worlds: The Science of Alternative Universes and Our Future in the Cosmos (2004)
- M-Theory: The Mother of All Superstrings (2008)
- Physics of the Impossible (2008)
- Physics of the Future: How Science will Shape Human Destiny and our Daily Lives by the Year 2100 (2011)