Dr. Michio Kaku is a theoretical physicist, best-selling author, and popularizer of science. Co-creator of string field theory, a branch of string theory, and his research on Einstein’s “Theory of Everything.” The theory seeks to unify the four fundamental forces of the universe-the strong force, the weak force, gravity and electromagnetism.
Dr. Kaku has written several best-sellers including Hyperspace, and his latest book, Physics of the Impossible, was on the New York Times best-seller list for five weeks. He has appeared on “60 Minutes”, “Good Morning America,” “Nightline,” “The Larry King Show” and numerous science specials, and has hosted several science specials, including Science Channel’s “Visions of the Future,” “Time,” and “2057.”
What do you love most about your job?
“I get paid to do what I love. If you understand physics, the foundation of the atomic theory and relativity, you understand how the future is going to unfold. You understand what things are not possible. You understand why things work. I get paid to do what I love the most and that is to work on the Unified Field Theory and to see the future.
What’s the most annoying thing about your job?
“When you come up with a theory, you fall in love with the beauty the simplicity and elegance of it. But then you have to get a sheet of paper and pencil and crack out all the details. Hundreds and hundreds of pages. Because you have to prove it.”
If you weren’t a scientist, what would you most like to be and why?
“If I wasn’t a professional scientist, I’d be an amateur scientist. But plan B was to go into computers.”
If you could meet one scientist from the past, who would it be and why?
“Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein.”
If you got one trip in the TARDIS to go anywhere, where would go and why?
“To the Big Bang to the birth of the universe itself.”