Michio Kaku's lecture wasn't that great after all.
Although it was nice to come 1 hour early to the lecture hall to get a seat; the whole place was practically filled by 3.45pm (the lecture was supposed to begin at 4:30pm). I have no idea why they served refreshments BEFORE the lecture began.
Anyway, Prof. Kaku did what he apparently does very well: speak to a large group of people about the cutting-edge of theoretical physics.
of the lecture series being Einstein's legacy 100 years after he formulated his theory of special relativity, there was considerable stress on Einstein's life, his pattern of thinking, and his groundbreaking thought-experiments.
To my disappointment, he fudged over the hard scientific theorizing and mathematical elegancy of string theory as birthed from Einstein's equations and favoured jokes and dazzling diagrams (much to the delight of several students).
It was nice to attend to lecture with, of all people, 2 fellow students from my Biblical Hebrew class. You can imagine our response when, while answering a question from a guy who asked about the rising tide of anti-evolutionary educational syllabi, the good Prof. stated in his characteristically cocky tone that "science is the mother of prosperity" and that "economic progress didn't come from some 'holy book'!"
The other question that a smartypants college kid asked was, "Do you think atoms are, like, conscious?"