Kaku, one of the most widely recognized figures in science in the world today, will present the keynote address at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 21, just hours after this region will observe a rare total solar eclipse. Kaku is expected to reflect on the day’s events and offer insights into this phenomenon. His presentation is titled, “The Next 20 Years: How Science Will Revolutionize Business, the Economy, Medicine, and Our Way of Life.”
All tickets are free to students, faculty, staff and the community until 5 p.m. Aug. 18. Free tickets may be picked up no later than 5 p.m. Aug. 18 at the University Center, Room 204 and at the Show Me Center Box Office. Complimentary tickets also may be reserved and printed online at http://showmecenter.biz prior to the Aug. 18 deadline. Tickets will be $10 for the community after 5 p.m. Aug. 18 through Aug. 21. During that period, tickets will remain free for Southeast students, faculty, and staff who show a Redhawks ID. A ticket will be required for entry.
“Innovations in science are going to guide our pathways into the future,” said Dr. Carlos Vargas, president of Southeast Missouri State University. “At Southeast, we are so pleased to be able to provide opportunities for our students and people throughout this region to explore and celebrate these new frontiers. We are thrilled to have Dr. Kaku join us on Aug. 21, and I would like to encourage everyone to come hear what he has to say about advancements on the horizon that will transform the lives of coming generations.”
Kaku’s presentation will cap a series of eclipse-related events at Southeast Aug. 21. At 1:20 p.m., he will be among dignitaries on Houck Field as students, faculty, staff and visitors view the total solar eclipse. They are expected to see the sight of a lifetime for about two minutes as the sun’s corona shimmers in the darkened sky. For more information on the eclipse at Southeast, visit eclipse.semo.edu.
Kaku is an internationally recognized authority in two areas. The first is Einstein’s unified field theory, which he is attempting to complete. The other is to predict trends affecting business, commerce and finance based on the latest research in science. He has written three New York Times Bestsellers. His latest, “The Future of the Mind,” hit number one on the New York Times, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble Bestsellers Lists, making it the number one hardcover, non-fiction book in the country.
He holds the Henry Semat Chair in Theoretical Physics at the City University of New York (CUNY). He graduated summa cum laude and first in his physics class from Harvard University in 1968. He received his doctoral degree in physics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1972, and has been a professor at CUNY for almost 30 years. He has taught at Harvard and Princeton as well.
His goal is to complete Einstein’s dream of a “theory of everything,” to derive an equation, perhaps no more than one inch long, which will summarize all the physical laws of the universe. He is the co-founder of string field theory, a major branch of string theory, which is the leading candidate today for the theory of everything. His doctoral level textbooks are required reading at many of the world’s leading physics laboratories.
Kaku is the author of several international bestsellers and has two New York Times Bestsellers, “Physics of the Future” and “Physics of the Impossible.” Other books include “Hyperspace” and “Visions: How Science Will Revolutionize the 21st Century.” His book, “Parallel Worlds,” about the latest in cosmology, was a finalist for the prestigious Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction in the United Kingdom (UK) and for the Aventist science book award. His latest book is “The Future of the Mind,” which details the stunning breakthroughs being made in neuroscience, which are finally beginning to unravel the mysteries of the most complex object in the known universe, the human brain.
Kaku, who has an extraordinary social media following, has appeared on the “Larry King Show,” “Nightline,” “60 Minutes,” “Good Morning America,” CNN, CNN-Financial, ABC-TV News, Fox News, BBC-TV, BBC-Radio, PBS’s “Nova” and “Innovation,” Tech-TV, the “David Letterman Show,” the “Colbert Report,” the “Conan O’Brian Show” and HBO’s “Bill Maher Show.” He also has appeared on numerous science specials, including PBS’s “Steven Hawking’s Universe,” “Science Odyssey” and “Einstein Revealed,” the BBC’s “Future Fantastic,” “Parallel Universes,” “Copenhagen,” Channel 4’s “The Big G: The Story of Gravity,” the Discovery Channel, the Learning Channel’s “Exodus Earth,” A and E, the History Channel’s “Universe” series and biography of Einstein, and many science documentaries.
He was featured in the full-length, 90-minute feature film, “Me and Isaac Newton,” which was nominated for an Emmy in 2001. Kaku also was profiled in Tech-TV’s “Big Thinkers” series and is a regular commentator on that cable network. He has spoken on more than 500 radio stations around the country. In December 2009, he hosted a Science Channel 12-part series based on his best-seller, “Physics of the Impossible.” In that agreement, the Science Channel also asked Kaku to be the public face of the Science Channel. He also appears regularly on Fox News.
Kaku’s book, “Physics of the Future,” became the basis of a six-hour television special called “Futurescape” on the Science Channel. He also hosts his own national weekly radio program which airs in 130 cities in the United States called “Science Fantastic” and on the KU national satellite band and internet. It is the largest nationally syndicated science radio show on commercial radio in the United States.
He also has written for the Wall Street Journal and Time, Discover, New Scientist Astronomy and Wired magazines, been quoted in major newspapers around the globe and written cover articles and op-ed pieces for several major publications.
Kaku frequently presents keynote addresses for major corporate business conferences about the next 20 years in computers, finance, banking and commerce.