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The Time Traveller: One Man's Mission to Make Time Travel a Reality Hardcover – 1 Aug 2007


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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday (1 Aug 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385612435
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385612432
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 22.4 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 841,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Research and theories flow nicely through this easy-to-read autobiography...simple prose makes for clear and concise explanations of the science involved. -- Publisher's Weekly

Strange, interesting and ultimately touching memoir. -- Bruce Lieberman, San Diego Union Tribune

[Mallett's] delivery is humble, his voice enthusiastic, his optimism contagious...a worthwhile and surprisingly entertaining read. -- Julie Mayeda, San Francisco Chronicle

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'This book makes for absorbing reading.' --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Green on 9 Oct 2007
Format: Hardcover
'Back to the future' hover boards were promised to me when I was a child, of this I am sure. After hearing Ronald Mallett on a Radio 4 interview in late August, I decided the time may have finally come. The lack of mention towards such a creation is the only reason I would not give this book 5 stars.

This is a great story where in a strange way the huge promise of time travel is somewhat insignificant compared to the life story of this man.

Problems with race, keeping his aims a secret, the issues with his father's death weave a compelling and vivid tale.

The writing can feel a little stilted at times and yet this gives it an overwhelming honesty and the feeling that you have a highly intelligent child over eager to tell you what they have accomplished at school that day.

I no nothing of the science, the way he explained it left me feeling that physics was far more accessible than ever before. He may be wrong he may be right but that does not matter, as his passion will mean whether in this or in other avenues he will have had an impact on the world of science and myself.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hugh Jarse on 1 April 2012
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A fantastic book about how, with determination, anything can be possible.I loved the author's personal journey towards his goal; I could very much relate to his story.This book is a perfect example of how anything can be accomplished if you focus on your goal.It is almost as though opportunities appear when you hold your goal in your mind and slowly work towards it. Reading this book it struck me at how each event in the author's life was an important stepping stone in the development of his dream; even at times when the event appeared insignificant.
I have always had an interest in time travel, but felt that the science would always be out of my reach. I am pleased that Ronald Mallett was of much stronger character than me and dared to live the dream.This book was first published in 2007,I would love to know at what stage time travel development is now at.Very much looking forward to Ronald's next book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Max on 9 April 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
A book to read quickly, as my grasp of its well presented information will only ever be fragile and temporary.

It gives a fascinating glimpse into the world of research and those who reside there. It is hard to conjure the mind of the people who can draw the connections in their minds to make such theoretical leaps.
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Format: Hardcover
Ronald Mallett comes across as nothing short of somebody you would dearly like to meet.

In The Time Traveller, he relays the story of his life so far, mainly surrounding the premature death of his beloved father. Mallett found solace in HG Wells' The Time Machine, which spurred Mallett passionately on to find the solution to, and build, a time machine in order to travel back into the past and warn his father of his demise.

Mallett comes across a number of obstacles, be they emotional, racial or professional.

This book is absorbing, though at times complicated for those not heavily into science, and one of it's magical properties is that throughout the book you constantly hope that Mallett will succeed in going back in time.

A terrificly moving, honest, educational and often funny book told with wry humour and heart from Ronald Mallett.

Well worth a read.
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I found this a fascinating read. Not only about the time travel related information, but also the prejudice that the author had to deal with.
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By Mr. A. J. Sewell on 7 Jan 2013
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this was a xmas present so ive not read it , but the person who got the book loves it
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