IBM InterConnect 2012: 8 Fun Facts About our Keynote Speaker, Dr. Michio Kaku
Delaney Turner 270003RQ8K Delaney.Turner@ca.ibm.com | | Tags:  interconnect ibmsoftware ibminterconnect
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If you’ve been following news about IBM InterConnect 2012 on Twitter or Facebook, you’re probably already aware that the agenda features 10 Hot Topics devoted to the technologies that can turn opportunities into outcomes. What you may not yet be aware of is that in addition to these Hot Topics, we’ve also lined up a spectacular keynote speaker – none other than Dr. Michio Kaku. His insights into the intersection of technology, humanity and our common future may be the biggest hot topic of the entire conference.
It’s exceedingly difficult to convey the entirety of Dr. Kaku’s accomplishments in a format such as this, so instead I’ve compiled 8 pertinent points and their related links should you want to learn more. Here goes:
1. He's a theoretical physicist. Dr. Kaku is the co-creator of string field theory, a branch of string theory. He received a B.S. (summa cum laude) from Harvard University in 1968 where he came 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. Michio continues Einstein’s search for a “Theory of Everything,” seeking to unify the four fundamental forces of the universe—the strong force, the weak force, gravity and electromagnetism. He is the author of several scholarly, Ph.D. level textbooks and has had more than 70 articles published in physics journals, covering topics such as superstring theory, supergravity, supersymmetry, and hadronic physics.
2. He's a Professor of Physics Dr. Kaku 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).
3. He's a best-selling author. His new book, Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration of the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation, and Time Travel has already hit the New York Times Bestseller List.
His other books Include:
4. He's a popularizer of science. Dr. Kaku has appeared on television (Discovery, BBC, ABC, Science Channel, and CNN to name a few), written for popular science publications like Discover, Wired, and New Scientist, been featured in documentaries like Me & Isaac Newton, and hosted many of his own including BBC’s recent series on Time.
Dr. Kaku's program credits include:
7. He's on the radio. Dr. Kaku hosts a new live science radio talk show on 90 commercial radio stations around the U.S. It’s called Science Fantastic, and airs nationally for three hours every Saturday from 5 pm to 8 pm (Eastern time). It’s also takes live listener phone calls, so listeners are invited to call 1-800-449-8255 during the show and ask questions on national radio.
8. Finally, he's also a blogger. Dr. Kaku's Universe explores paradoxical and counterintuitive oddities of the physical world, including string theory, time travel, parallel universes, and black holes. Dr. Kaku often answers readers' questions about physics and futuristic science. Email him your questions today!