15 January, 2013

Teaser Tuesday (104)

Teaser Tuesday is a bookish meme hosted, every week, by MizB at Should Be Reading.

Rules for participating:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week my teaser is from Physics of the Impossible by Michio Kaku. I'm thrilled to finally be reading one of his works; I'd heard of him and noticed his books (and even wrote a blog post about the guy) but I'd never gotten around to actually reading any of them. Physics of the Impossible is quite interesting: He explores when and how society might achieve certain technological capabilities (most of them from pop culture, which makes my nerdy side do the happy dance) such as invisibility, teleportation, telekinesis, time travel, etc., etc.

Given that the number of moons probably greatly outnumbers the number of planets in a solar system, and given that there could be millions of wandering planets in the galaxy, the number of astronomical bodies with life-forms in the universe might be much larger than previously believed.
   On the other hand, other astronomers have concluded, for a variety of reasons, that the chances for life on planets within the Goldilocks zone are probably much lower than originally estimated by Drake.
-p. 134


Are there any books/authors you've heard about and want to read but haven't gotten around to yet? If so, which ones?

Got any teasers to share?

-----The Golden Eagle


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I admire your enthusiasm for the sciences! You and author Stephen Tremp should start a science blog.

Pat Hatt said...

One way or another there surely are lifeforms out there, especially with millions of planets.

Nick Wilford said...

I'd be interested to know the likelihood of these developments happening, say, within my lifetime.

In terms of authors I want to get round to, too many to count! Dickens, for a start.

mshatch said...

wow, that sounds like a fascinating book. I'm putting it on my tbr list. Thanks!

Old Kitty said...

There's me going "who's Drake?" LOL!! But I feel Mr Kaku's enthusiasm! And yours! I only feel it's a shame I may not witness teleportation ala Star Trek in my lifetime! Sigh! Take care

shelly said...

That book looks good. Its right up my alley. I'm gonna get it.Thanks, Golden.

Hugs and chocolate,

Carole Anne Carr said...

Hi, G.E. I was tagged and had to supply seven other people and you were next on the list. Do ignore if this is a task too far... :0)

Susan Kane said...

My husband and I love Michio Kaku, have one of his books, and watch him on any show about astronomy & physics.

Rusty Webb said...

I've read several of his books, including this one, he does an excellent job of making sure things are understandable to the layman.

I've got tons of books on my list to get to. I had been an avowed hater of fantasy for all my reading life until just a couple of years ago. There are tons of fantasy authors that I've never read that I'm trying to catch up on now. I'll never be done.

laughingwolf said...

love michio and neil degrasse tyson :)

Jemi Fraser said...

I think I'd love this - I have to make more time to read these kinds of books - they're fun!

klahanie said...

I love all things spaced out. And now lets redress the balance and reinstate poor Pluto as a planet! :)

Perhaps you'd like to join my, "Captain's Blog: Stardate 2013.2" blogfest : This would be blogfest for all those with this fascination for all things spaced out. Make it so.

I know what next, a blogfest that relates to the alphabet? Say it aint so.

Gary :)

Michael Di Gesu said...

Intriguing... very intriguing. I must say Golden, you really are getting me interested in science. I had ALWAYS disliked in school and it was my worst subject ... But now .... I might be able to appreciate the beauty in its intricacies.

And I always, and still do believe in life on other planets. How could anyone think otherwise?!

DWei said...

I need to start reading "This book is full of spiders" by David Wong.

Romance Book Haven said...

Not being the scientific type, I don't think I'd able to diget a book like that. But I know my son would probably love it, he's the scientist in the family.


Bonnee Crawford said...

Sounds very, very sci-fi haha :) I'm still itching to read Catching Fire and Mockingjay of the Hunger Games series. And also Girl who Played with Fire/Kicked the Hornet's Next/With the Dragon Tattoo/I don't know which order these go in if you couldn't tell haha.

Brinda said...

I'm now going to have to read it!

mooderino said...

I see his name pop up all over the place but have never read any of his stuff. Does he give a date for when teleportation will be invented?


....Petty Witter said...

Sounds interesting, I'm glad it has you doing your happy dance.

Charles Gramlich said...

The lines from your reading sound interesting. Especially about the Goldilocks zone. I will have to read this one myself.

michelle said...

Goldilocks zone?
Now I'm totally lost...

Michael Offutt, Speculative Fiction Author said...

Oh! A book I should read. Thanks for giving me the inspiration to purchase it.

Anthony said...

Looks like an interesting read. I assume (from watching a couple of his interviews/shows) that he is much more conservative than, say someone like Ray Kurzweil.

Ciara said...

I love reading scientific posts. It's so intriguing about possible life out there.
There are SO many authors I want to read, so little time.

The Golden Eagle said...

Alex: That would be cool--an all-science blog. And Stephen is awesome!

Pat: I concur. It seems unlikely that there wouldn't be . . .

Nick: He does give time frames, though they're usually in the decades or hundreds of years. There aren't any really hard numbers.

I want to read something by Dickens as well! I was just talking about that with someone, in fact.

Mshatch: You're welcome!

Old Kitty: Frank Drake, of Drake's Equation. :)

I don't think I'll see teleportation, either . . . sigh!

Shelly: You're very welcome! Glad I could mention a book that interested you.

Carole: No problem. I'm slow with tags, but I promise I'll get to it; they're a lot of fun!

Susan: I've only seen him on The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers, on the PBS NOVA website. What other kinds of shows has he done?

Rusty: I really like his style, too. :)

Me, neither. I need to start reading more Fantasy . . . there are just so many books!

Laughingwolf: Neil DeGrasse Tyson is one of my favorite humans. He's brilliant.

Jemi: Agreed! It's great to find out what scientific research is developing.

Klahanie: LOL. Ah, Pluto . . . I have to say I think it fits better in the Kuiper Belt than as a planet, but there are a lot of astrophysicists who think it should be reinstated.

Yes, that would be an awesome blogfest!

'Fraid so. Looks like the hosts are getting geared up for April already!

Michael: I'm glad I could help open up science a bit more for you. :)

The statistics definitely indicate there's a good chance of life on other planets. There are so many galaxies in the universe.

DWei: I need to finish John Dies At the End myself--someone put a hold on it at my library so I couldn't renew it and ran out of time. :P

Maria: It's actually pretty non-technical. And the pop culture references help it seem more accessible, even if one doesn't have a foundation in the areas he talks about.

Bonnee: It is. :)

I read the first book in the trilogy--never got around to the second or third. A little violent for me, though I do want to know what happens to Lisbeth in the other two books.

Brinda: It's a good book!

Mooderino: For complex molecules he speculates within this century; for people and big objects, he says centuries.

Petty Witter: Thanks. :) I'm really enjoying it!

Charles: His chapter on extraterrestrial life is fascinating.

Michelle: It's the zone where scientists think planets have to be in order to life to form; like Goldilocks and her porridge, it's the place where it's not too hot and not too cold. :)

Michael: You're welcome!

Anthony: I've never actually watched much of Michio Kaku. But glancing at Ray Kurzweil's Wikipedia page, it sounds like you're right, based on what I've been reading in Physics of the Impossible.

Ciara: I know! If publishing froze right now, I'd still never make it to all the books I want to read. :P

Susan Kane said...

With a name like Benedict Cumberbatch, this Sherlock has to be the best thing going.

I read all the books as a teenager, and now must read them again.

The Golden Eagle said...

Susan: I love the guy's name. It's definitely English!