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THE PHYSICS OF SCIENCE FICTION

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Star Ships. Time Travel. Black holes. Wormholes. Alien civilizations. Hyperspace. Anti-matter drive. Parallel universes.

Physics of Science Fiction (Physics 332) is a new course which Professor Michio Kaku will be teaching this Fall Semester exclusively for students at The City College of New York (CCNY). It applies physics to explain some of most sensational themes found in science fiction.

This exciting new course is taught online by Dr. Kaku, professor of theoretical physics, NY Times best-selling author, TV and radio personality, and co-founder of string field theory. The course uses lectures, slideshows and planetarium shows to explain the cutting edge of science. MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU! Sorry, this course is for registered CCNY students only.

Prerequisites: None, except a healthy imagination.
Credits: 3; Online lectures held on Tues & Thurs @ 2pm to 3:15 pm, then Dr. Kaku hosts a live online Q&A session via Zoom.
Required reading: Dr. Kaku’s Physics of the Impossible and Hyperspace. One midterm and final.

KAKU ON FIRST BLACK HOLE IMAGE

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Researchers at the National Science Foundation used a global network of space telescopes to capture the historic first image of a supermassive black hole and its shadow more than 55 million light-years away from Earth. CBS NEWS science and futurist contributor, Dr. Michio Kaku, joins CBSN to discuss the landmark announcement from a studio in Seattle, where Kaku was visiting for his U.S. book tour to promote the paperback release of his national bestseller, THE FUTURE OF HUMANITY: Our Destiny in the Universe. Click to WATCH NOW!

KAKU ON STEPHEN HAWKING DEATH

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Famed theoretical physicist and cosmologist, Stephen William Hawking died today. A giant in his field and popular culture, Hawking was among the first to set out a theory of cosmology explained by a union of Einstein‘s General Theory of Relativity and the realm of quantum mechanics. CBS This Morning asked famed physicist and CBS News science and futurist contributor, Dr. Michio Kaku to honor Hawking‘s life and discuss how his work has advanced our understanding of the universe. WATCH NOW!

KAKU ON NEWEST GRAVITY WAVES

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Early last year, scientists made a breakthrough discovery of gravitational waves in the wild, signaling the dawn of a new subfield of astronomy. This week, separate observatories in Washington, Louisiana, and Italy independently detected and collectively confirmed more gravitational waves in the wild — this time from the collision of two black holes about 2 billion light-years from Earth. Gravity waves pick up cosmic events that are invisible or nearly impossible to measure by any other means. By combining observations of a single event using multiple means, it’s now possible to gain a more complete understanding of the source’s properties than ever before. This method is called multi-messenger astronomy. CBS NEWS science and futurist contributor, Dr. Michio Kaku, joins CBSN to break down what this discovery means for the future of astronomy. WATCH NOW!

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