Michio Kaku will be speaking at BRAND MINDS 2020 and we are very excited!
Read on to learn more about him.
Following in Einstein’s footsteps
It’s a warm Monday afternoon and a dark-haired boy watches the evening news in flickering black and white images with his family in Palo Alto, California. A famous scientist had died the day before and the media channel has put together a short video covering the highlights of his life. While the anchorman announces the news, footage of the scientist rolls on the family’s small TV set. The video ends with a snapshot of the scientist’s desk where lies his unfinished manuscript, the anchorman says.
The year is 1955, the scientist is Albert Einstein and the manuscript —
The Theory of Everything.
The eight-year-old boy’s name is Michio Kaku and later on, he would vow to finish Einstein’s work and find the equation which would allow us to “read the mind of God”.
One of the Greatest Minds of Our Time
A theoretical physicist, bestselling author, acclaimed public speaker, renowned futurist, and popularizer of science, Michio Kaku is one of the greatest minds of our time.
His passion for science manifested in early childhood
His family nurtured his natural inclination by taking him to university libraries to study. He would look up books on subjects like the fourth dimension, antimatter, parallel universes. The problem was — there were no science books for children.
And that’s when he took his second vow:
When I grow up and become a professor of theoretical physics and I work out the unified field theory, I want to write for myself as a child.
Not having books to read from didn’t stop high-school student Michio from building experiment projects.
To participate in the National Science Fair, he assembled a particle accelerator in his mother’s garage — his goal was to produce antimatter.
The machine earned the young science prodigy the attention of Edward Teller, the father of the hydrogen bomb who offered him the Hertz Engineering Scholarship.
An influential figure in the science world
Michio Kaku graduated from Harvard University summa cum laude and 1st in his physics class.
He received his PhD in physics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1972 and been a professor at CUNY for almost 30 years.
He has taught at Harvard and Princeton as well.
Dr Kaku holds the Henry Semat Chair in Theoretical Physics at the City Univ. of New York.
His PhD level textbooks are required reading at many of the world’s leading physics laboratories.
Changed the world of physics — The String Field Theory
Dr Kaku is an internationally recognized authority in two areas. The first is Einstein’s unified field theory, the other is to predict trends affecting business, medicine, finance, and our way of life, based on the latest research in science.
Michio Kaku is the co-founder of The String Field Theory which he believes is the Theory of Everything, the solution which Einstein was looking for when he died.
The String Field Theory states that everything we see around us is nothing but vibrations of tiny strings. Each subatomic particle is a note on a vibrating string. According to his theory, physics is the harmonies we can write on vibrating strings, chemistry is the melodies we can play on vibrating strings.
What about the universe and the mind of God that Einstein was attempting to reach?
The universe is a symphony of strings and the mind of God is cosmic music resonating through eleven-dimension hyperspace.
Author of nine New York Times Best Sellers
Michio Kaku authored the following popular science books:
- Beyond Einstein: The Cosmic Quest for the Theory of the Universe (with Jennifer Thompson) (1987);
- Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the Tenth Dimension (1994);
- Visions: How Science Will Revolutionize the 21st Century (1998);
- Einstein’s Cosmos: How Albert Einstein’s Vision Transformed Our Understanding of Space and Time (2004);
- Parallel Worlds: A Journey through Creation, Higher Dimensions, and the Future of the Cosmos (2004);
- Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration into the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation, and Time Travel (2008);
- Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100 (2011);
- The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind (2014);
- The Future of Humanity: Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond Earth (2018).
The “next Carl Sagan” — Worldwide Media Figure and Popularizer of Science
Dr Kaku lived up to the promise he made to himself when he was young: not only did he write books about science for everyone to read, but he became a worldwide media figure and popularizer of science.
His extensive efforts to make science available for all is the reason why many refer to him as the next Carl Sagan, the science communicator and popularizer par excellence.
Apart from his books, Dr Kaku has also written for renowned magazines like Time Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Discover Magazine, New Scientist Magazine, Astronomy Magazine, Wired Magazine, and been quoted in Scientific American, N.Y. Times, the Washington Post, the London Daily Telegraph, the London Times and Fast Magazine.
Over 100 shows on Television, Film, Radio
In the past twenty years, Dr Kaku has been featured in science specials on television, film and radio: the Larry King Show, the David Letterman Show, PBS’s Steven Hawking’s Universe, Science Odyssey, and Einstein Revealed, the BBC’s Future Fantastic, Parallel Universes, Channel 4’s The Big G: the story of gravity, the Discovery Channel, the History Channel’s Universe series and biography of Einstein, and many science documentaries.
In January 2009, he signed a contract with the Science Channel to host a 12 part science series based on his best-seller, Physics of the Impossible. The series aired on December 1, 2009. In the agreement, the Science Channel also asked Dr Kaku to be the public face of the Science Channel.
He was featured in the full-length, 90-minute feature film, Me and Isaac Newton, which was nominated for an Emmy in 2001. He was profiled in Tech-TV’s Big Thinkers series.
He has spoken on over 500 radio stations around the country.
YouTube, Facebook, Twitter
YouTube — Cuckoo for Kaku
His YouTube channel named humorously Cuckoo for Kaku has +70.000 subscribers.
The futurist has published 104 videos in the last three years with 5–7 new videos every month.
In his videos, he tackles various hot topics like designer babies, jobs of the future, epigenetics & evolution, rise of the robots, black holes etc.
3 million fans on Facebook
A visionary in his own right, Dr Kaku is one of the first public persons to establish his presence on Facebook as early as 2009. To put this into perspective: in 2009, Facebook was five years old and had just activated the Like button.
Now his page has almost 3 million fans; the scientist keeps his fans informed by sharing the latest discovery news in astrophysics, his media appearances, various interviews and Facebook Live sessions.
100 Riddles on Twitter
His Twitter account is followed by almost 714.000 people.
Here he found a creative way to engage his followers: he invites them to answer his science riddles.
Keynote Speaker at Business Conferences for 500 Fortune Corporations
Michio Kaku frequently keynotes major business conferences about the next 20 years in computers, finance, banking, and commerce.
In particular, he has keynoted for major corporations, many of them controlling hundreds of billions of dollars in investments, including:
Google, Microsoft, SONY, Hewlett-Packard, HSBC Bank, Morgan Stanley, Siemens, Walt Disney etc.