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    [Michio Kaku] My name is Professor Michio Kaku.
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    I'm a professor of theoretical physics at the City University of New York
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    (Dr. Michio Kaku - Professor of theoretical Phyics, The City University of New York - Specialist in String Theory
    The Universe in a Nutshell - The Physics of Everything)
    and I specialize in something called String Theory.
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    I'm a physicist, and some people ask me the question:
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    "What has physics done for me lately? I mean, do I get better color television?
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    Do I get better internet reception with physics?"
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    And the answer is: yes. You see, physics is at the very foundation of matter and energy.
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    We physicists invented the laser beam, we invented the transistor,
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    we helped to create the first computer, we helped to construct the internet,
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    we wrote the World Wide Web.
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    In addition, we also helped to invent television, radio, radar, microwaves,
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    not to mention MRI scans, head scans, X rays:
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    in other words, almost everything you see in your living room,
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    almost everything you see in a modern hospital, at some point or other, can be traced to a physicist.
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    Now, I got interested in physics when I was a child.
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    (Michio Kaku - Age 8)
    When I was 8, a great scientist had just died.
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    I still remember my elementary school teacher coming into the room and announcing that
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    the greatest scientist of our era has just passed away.
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    And that day, every newspaper published a picture of his desk,
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    the desk of Albert Einstein.
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    And the caption said - I'll never forget -
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    "The unfinished manuscript of the greatest work of the greatest scientist of our time."
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    And I said to myself: "Why couldn't he finish it? I mean, what's so hard?
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    It's a homework problem, right? Why didn't he ask his mother? Why can't he finish this problem?"
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    So, as a child of eight, I decided to find out what was this problem?
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    Years later, I began to realize that it was the theory of everything: the Unified Field Theory.
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    An equation that would summarize all the physical forces in the universe.
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    An equation like e = mc^2. That equation is half an inch long,
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    and that equation unlocks a secret of the stars.
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    Why do the stars shine? Why does the galaxy light up?
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    Why do we have energy on the earth?
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    But then there was another thing that happened to me when I was around eight years old.
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    I got hooked on the Saturday morning TV show 2:41