People We Admire – Michio Kaku
Dr. Michio Kaku is someone I’d refer to as a super-scientist. He has a few TV shows (one of which is currently developing a second season), has written or co-written eleven books, hosts two weekly radio shows, and has appeared in many documentaries. He was recently interviewed about the volcanic eruption in Iceland (he’s not even a Volcanologist) and will be appearing on Larry King Live tomorrow night- April 30th,(which I didn’t know when I started writing this) to talk about the special where Stephen Hawking said extraterrestrials most likely exist, but we don’t necessarily want to meet them.
Dr. Kaku was born in 1947 in San Jose, CA. He went on to graduate from Harvard with a B.S. and was first in his physics class in 1968. He got his PhD in 1972 from UC Berkeley. Dr. Kaku is currently a professor of theoretical physics at City College New York. I’m sure his students appreciate him, but he’s really famous for a lot of the work he does outside of his academic institution.
As I mentioned he has hosted a few TV shows. The most recent being Sci-Fi Science: Physics of the Impossible. It airs on the Science channel, and the second season is currently in development. In the show Dr. Kaku looks at current or very near future items/techniques that can be used to make some of science fiction’s more interesting ideas into a reality. Nanotubes is kind of the buzz term, because they get mentioned pretty often in the series, but it’s a very interesting show. Perfect for people who like science fiction and are curious about science and space.
Out of the books he has written some of them have been college textbooks, while a few have been meant for the general public. Out of the six he has written that you or I(unless you’re holding or working toward a PhD in theoretical physics) would understand his most recent is Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration of the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation, and Time Travel. It hit the NY Times bestseller list, where it remained for five weeks. It sounds a lot like it’d be a more in-depth look at some of the subjects his current show focuses on.
He also hosts the two radio programs. Science Fantastic is a 3-hour weekly program airing on Saturdays from 5PM to 8PM EST on 90 commercial radio stations. You can find out if a station in your area carries it via this list. It also takes listener calls at 1-800-449-8255, so you can call in and ask questions. His other show, Explorations in Science, is an hour long show that airs at various times throughout the country.
As you can see he’s a busy man. Check out one of his many docs or books, listen to his radio show, or catch his show on Science. I guarantee you’ll learn something. And just a reminder, he will be on Larry King Live April 30th.