THE ONE BOOK-ONE TOPIC PROGRAM at ATILIM (2016 – 2017 Academic Year)
Dear Atılım University Students and Personnel,
I am pleased to inform you that our One Book-One Topic Program will continue with a new book in 2016-2017 academic year. Within the scope of this program, the below books were read in previous years by the University community.
- Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, a biography of the late CEO of Apple Corporation in 2011-2012,
- Starbucks by Howard Schultz, the CEO of Starbucks in 2012-2013,
- 1984 by the famous British author George Orwell in 2013-2014 .
- Outliers (The Story of Success) by Malcolm Gladwell in 2014-2015 .
- The Other Side of the Mountain by Erendiz Atasü in 2015-2016.
These books were also studied in a number of courses as well as in Preparatory School and Foreign Languages Department courses. A number of competitions and activities on campus were organized related to the books.
Similar to what we had done in previous years, we had conducted a University-wide book-nomination survey to obtain a list of books to consider. Following the survey, a committee consisting of 35 members representing all faculties and most administrative units chose the book named Physics of the Future written by Michio Kaku. ‘Dreaming the Future’ was selected as the focus of discussions among a number of topics. The book was translated into Turkish by Assoc. Prof. Yasemin Sarac Oymak and Assoc. Prof. Huseyin Oymak who are instructor at Physics Group of our University.
You may find more information about the program and the chosen book from the page at 1K1K . From the same page, you can also find more information related to the previously read books. We believe that this program helps to create a common culture, sense of belonging, friendly discussion platforms and critical thinking among the stakeholders of the University.
I thank you all for your continuous support of this exemplary program and wish you happy readings.
Prof. Dr. Hasan U. Akay
Identity of the Book
Title: Physics of the Future
Author: Michio Kaku
Language : English
Book and Topic
DREAMING THE FUTURE!
In his book Physics of the Future, Michio Kaku, the writer of Physics of the Impossible listed in the top sellers by New York Times, narrates the dazzling, stimulating and exhilarative perspective of the next century on the basis of his interviews made with more than the best three hundred scientists of the world, already inventing the future in their laboratories.
The result is the authoritative and scientifically seamless description of revolutionary developments happening in medicine, computer technology, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, energy generation and space travel.
It is more than probable that we will be controlling our computers with small brain receptors and moving objects by means of our mental powers by 2100. Artificial intelligence will be used all around the world and internet-supported contact lenses will enable us to connect to the information base of the world or view any display we want just by one blink.
By the way, cars will drive themselves by using a GPS and if super-conductive materials working in room temperature are discovered, vehicles will fly on an airbag easily and lead the age of magnetism by navigating on strong magnetic fields.
Scientists will be able to produce/grow almost every organ by using molecular medicine and cure genetic diseases. Millions of small DNA receptors and nanoparticles patrolling in our circulation system will scan our body for the symptoms of any disease. In the meantime, rapid developments in genetic research will make it possible for us to slow down even reverse aging and thus, expand the lifespan of humankind.
Totally new spacecraft, which are as big as a needle and use the propulsive power of laser, will replace expensive chemical rockets of today and may be they will go to near stars in the space. The developments in nanotechnology may provide us an opportunity to build a legendary space elevator which will enable us to reach over the atmosphere by pushing one button.
But these jaw-dropping discoveries are just the tip of the iceberg. Kaku also discusses emotional robots, anti-material rockets and the capabilities to create new life forms and seeing through X-ray. He also considers the state of world economy and mentions these fundamental questions: Who will be the winners and losers of the future? Who will have a profession and a job and which countries will become richer?
From beginning to end, Kaku clarifies rigid and cold scientific principles and questions growth rate of specific technologies, their final limits and risks. Physics of the Future, gathering a large amount of information to throw a sensational glance at the years bringing us 2100, offers an exciting and wonderful adventure towards the breathtaking scientific revolutions of the next century.
Physics of the Future in Media
About the Author
Michio Kaku is an American theoretical physicist, futurist, and popularizer of science. Kaku is a professor of theoretical physics at the City College of New York and CUNY Graduate Center. He has written several books about physics and related topics, has made frequent appearances on radio, television, and film, and writes online blogs and articles. He has written three New York Times best sellers: Physics of the Impossible (2008), Physics of the Future (2011), and The Future of the Mind (2014). Kaku has hosted several TV specials for the BBC, the Discovery Channel, the History Channel, and the Science Channel.
In the below video Michio Kaku speaks at the Boston Museum of Science on March 23, 2011.
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