Curiosity Expert: Dr. Michio Kaku

Theoretical Physicist and Author

Dr. Michio Kaku
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Dr. Michio Kaku is a theoretical physicist, best-selling author, and popularizer of science.

He is known in the world of physics as the 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, Physics of the Impossible, and Psychics of the Future, the latter two landing on the New York Times best-seller list. 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.

Dr. Kaku is author of several scholarly, Ph.D. level textbooks on string theory and quantum field theory which are required reading at many of the world's leading physics laboratories. Also, he has had more than 70 articles published in physics journals, covering topics such as superstring theory, supergravity, supersymmetry, and hadronic physics. Currently, he holds the Henry Semat Chair and Professorship in theoretical physics at the City College of New York, where he has taught for over 25 years. He has also been a visiting professor at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, as well as New York University (NYU).

He received a B.S. (summa cum laude) from Harvard University in 1968 where he graduated first in his physics class. He went on to the Berkeley Radiation Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley and received a Ph.D. in 1972. In 1973, he held a lectureship at Princeton University.

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