"Physics is often stranger than science fiction, and I think science fiction takes its cues from physics: higher dimensions, wormholes, the warping of space and time, stuff like that."
— Michio Kaku
Don't have TV? Go to a physics lecture!
I posted on Facebook about this lecture at least a month and a half ago — way before I had any idea I was going to do this challenge — and am even more excited today as I was then, because when you don't have much in terms of entertainment, you look for anything to fill that void. Except I love science and would have gone regardless of any circumstances thrown my way. Call me a geek, nerd, dork or whatever, but when science has been blurring the line between "real life" and "science fiction" for years you can't help but take heed. A lot of this stuff that not too long ago was only conceived from George Lucas' farts is actually becoming available well within an averages person's budget. And, at least in my mind, that's pretty cool.
Dr. Michio Kaku
Kaku is a rockstar within the world of theoretical physicists; plain and simple. If Sheldon Cooper, Jimmy Page, and The Most Interesting Man in the World spliced their DNA together, we would have a close runner-up to Dr. Kaku, but still somehow totally miss the mark.
...Wait just a minute
I first found out about his work several years ago after reading an article in "Popular Mechanics" about how time travel as it's portrayed on the hit TV show "Lost" was, in fact, possible. Here's a guy with a pair of brass so big he's going on record in a national publication to DEFEND one of the worst seasons in the series' history because of the simple fact that the science, as he believes it to be true, is accurate enough to warrant justification. That's like Don Shula defending the 2007 Miami Dolphin's 1 and 15 season because, you know, it's football.
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Since then I've witnessed Kaku's scientific testimony on numerous TV specials, radio interviews, podcasts, TV interviews, and read about his theories in magazines and books, but have never had the chance to see him live until the University of North Florida offered his presentation as part of their "Distinguished Voices Lectures Series." If tickets are still available, I highly recommend you pick one up even if you're not "into science." His genius extends beyond his thoughts because of the fact he's able to explain something as complicated as String Theory to a newborn puppy... and the puppy gets it.