I chose to read this book not only because of the title but because of the chapters. As a teacher, this year I’m hoping to create and complete a unit of astronomy with a section about space exploration and traveling/colonizing Mars. “The Future of Humanity” by Michio Kaku had two chapters directly related to the topic I was looking for.

Even with chapters I wanted to read, I still read it cover to cover. I’m glad I did!

As I read this book I couldn’t help but think about the future, and the state of education for our young people. More than anything I truly wish there was a way to teach courses, especially in science (with math and tech joining in this important study), that allow young people to explore the topics within these pages. For many of them, the jobs and careers of the next century will be generated by the exploration and potential colonization of other bodies in our solar system. With work on how to go beyond our solar system.

I wish I could energize these young minds the way I feel excitement for the coming changes to our understanding of the Earth and beyond. I wish I could empower them to want to be on the leading edge of these frontiers. Whether it be directed at space travel or more Earth-centered around AI, this book covers so many topics.

What makes this a great book for anyone, or for class consideration, is its accessibility. It is written in proses that are understandable, yet still, give all the finite details and language of the science – scientific style with many heading breaks within chapters. Research is woven into the matrix of the dialogue without being overbearing. Explanations are concrete with current studies and expectations for the future.

I hope to be able to entice some students into reading more of the text then I’ll use in my classroom experience. I may even get my hope of interweaving text like this into the curriculum as I and a group of teachers begin to develop learning opportunities for the future of education.

Whether you have watched any of the documentaries hosted by Kaku or read any other works by him (like someone else I was talking suggested – ‘he is quite eccentric’), no matter your own personal feelings, I still believe this is a book to read. Perhaps if nothing else to get your head around science research that is happening around the world.

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Summer Reading Review #7: The Future of Humanity

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