"I never think of the future,” Albert Einstein once mused. “It comes soon enough.”
Not so much for Michio Kaku, the rock star of theoretical physics and an Einstein disciple, right down to the crazy hair. Kaku embraces the future the way Don Draper and his Mad Men cohorts dig ?cocktails — all-in, 24/7.
Kaku (pronounced “cah-koo”) is the kind of guy who would give the World’s Most Interesting Man a run for his money. With apologies to the president, he’s undoubtedly the smartest man in any room. How else would you describe a guy who built a particle accelerator in his garage as a high-schooler, graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University, earned a doctorate at UC Berkeley and once held a lectureship at Princeton University?
Then, for good measure, he co-founds string field theory and writes egghead-?level textbooks and journal articles about ?topics that would set the average Joe’s hair on fire: superstring theory, supergravity and hadronic physics. Slacker, right?
Kaku’s day job, as he calls it, is string theory research at the City College of New York. But his side hobby is popularizing science — bringing the ivory tower down to the rest of us. As such, the media-savvy Kaku is as ubiquitous as lottery-winner emails from Nigerian diplomats. He authors best-selling books, hosts two weekly national radio programs, creates television documentaries for the BBC and the Science and Discovery? channels, and chats on late-night talk shows with the likes of David ?Letterman and ?Stephen Colbert.