'Star Trek's' William Shatner Interviews Physicist Michio Kaku: 'The Universe Is A Symphony' All Is Music

Kim McLendon

Star Trek's William Shatner interviewed theoretical physicist Michio Kaku for his documentary The Truth Is In The Stars. Kaku is the co-founder of string field theory.

William Shatner's documentary discusses the impact of Star Trek on science and culture, but it also poses open ended scientific questions to some of the world's greatest minds, including Stephen Hawking and Michio Kaku.

William Shatner interviewed scientists, innovators, and celebrities who talked about the positive message of Star Trek. In stark contrast to so much of the science fiction genre, Star Trek offered an extremely positive view of the future.

Michio Kaku perhaps gave William Shatner the most amazing answer of all for his Star Trek inspired documentary The Truth Is In The Stars. Michio Kaku spoke about the nature of the universe and the "mind of God" as contemplated by Einstein. Einstein is quoted by the BBC about his theory of everything that was supposed to uncover the "mind of God."

"I am not interested in this phenomenon or that phenomenon. I want to know God's thoughts – the rest are mere details."
"The mind of God is cosmic music resonating through 11-dimensional hyperspace. We are nothing but melodies. We are nothing but cosmic music played out on vibrating strings and membranes."

In the spirit of Star Trek's innovator Gene Roddenberry and his actors William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, Michio Kaku's message is incredibly positive and deeply philosophical. Kaku's explanation of the universe is equally thought-provoking.

Star Trek's message was encouraging, but Michio Kaku's description of String Theory is awe inspiring and beautiful. Kaku says in the video shown above, which is quite similar to what he told William Shatner, that the universe is in essence music.

Michio Kaku told William Shatner of the original Star Trek that all the particles in the universe, when broken down to a subatomic level, are musical notes. Vibrating strings are the basis of both the sound of music and Kaku's string theory.

"The subatomic particles we see in nature, the quarks and the electrons are nothing but musical notes on a tiny vibrating string. What is physics? Physics is nothing but the laws of harmony that you can write on vibrating strings. What is Chemistry? Chemistry is nothing but the melodies you can play on interacting vibrating strings."
"What is the universe? The universe is a symphony of vibrating strings."

Michio Kaku is quoted on CNS News.

"[The universe is a] Matrix governed by laws and principles that could only have been designed by an intelligent being. I have concluded that we are in a world made by rules created by an intelligence. Believe me, everything that we call chance today won't make sense anymore."


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Michio Kaku believes in God, but has he further concluded that God is a musician? Professor Kaku, quoted by CNS News, says it's still a matter of math.

"The final solution resolution could be that God is a mathematician."

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