If you are a 21st-century astronomy enthusiast, then you must have heard Michio Kaku’s name at least once in your life. The author of several best-sellers, including Parallel worlds, Beyond Einstein, and Hyperspace, Michio Kaku is one of the co-founders of the string field theory and is currently working in the direction of uniting the four fundamental forces of nature into one unified theory.
Known as an enthusiastic science popularizer for his incredible screen presence in the science shows and documentaries that he hosts, Michio Kaku has had more than 70 articles published in reputed physics journals such as Physical Review, covering topics such as superstring theory, supergravity, supersymmetry, and hadronic physics. He is currently serving as a professor at City College of New York and CUNY Graduate Center.
So if you love pop science, you definitely cannot miss this man. His wisdom is deep, and there’s a lot to learn from him. So today, on Kaku’s 74th birth anniversary, here are the top 20 quotes by the mastermind that will surely inspire you and spark your wisdom!
Quotes by Michio Kaku:
Some people seek meaning in life through personal gain, through personal relationship, or through personal experiences. However, it seems to me that being blessed with the intellect to divine the ultimate secrets of nature gives meaning enough to life.
For those who believe, no explanation is necessary; for those who do not believe, no explanation will suffice.
We have learned more about the brain in the last fifteen years than in all prior human history, and the mind, once considered out of reach, is finally assuming center stage.
It seems that the one characteristic most closely correlated with success in life, which has persisted over the decades, is the ability to delay gratification.
To understand the precise point when the possible becomes the impossible, you have to appreciate and understand the laws of physics.
Intelligence seems to be correlated with the complexity with which we can simulate future events.
The human brain has 100 billion neurons, each neuron connected to 10 thousand other neurons. Sitting on your shoulders is the most complicated object in the known universe.
One in 200 stars has habitable Earth-like planets surrounding it – in the galaxy, half a billion stars have Earth-like planets going around them – that’s huge, half a billion. So when we look at the night sky, it makes sense that someone is looking back at us.
We have to realize that science is a double-edged sword. One edge of the sword can cut against poverty, illness, disease and give us more democracies, and democracies never war with other democracies, but the other side of the sword could give us nuclear proliferation, biogerms and even forces of darkness.
Global warming is actually a misnomer. It should be global extremes and global swings, because you add – as you add more energy into the atmosphere, it sloshes around. Energy doesn’t simply uniformly warm up the planet. And that means droughts in one area, enormous snowstorms in another area, 100-year floods here, 100-year forest fires there.
No matter how beautiful the theory, one irritating fact can dismiss the entire formulism, so it has to be proven.
Humans are natural-born scientists. When we’re born, we want to know why the stars shine. We want to know why the sun rises.
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Some advice: keep the flame of curiosity and wonderment alive, even when studying for boring exams. That is the well from which we scientists draw our nourishment and energy. And also, learn the math. Math is the language of nature, so we have to learn this language.
…the laws of physics, carefully constructed after thousands of years of experimentation, are nothing but the laws of harmony one can write down for strings and membranes. The laws of chemistry are the melodies that one can play on these strings. the universe is a symphony of strings. And the “Mind of God,” which Einstein wrote eloquently about, is cosmic music resonating throughout hyperspace.
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