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Time Traveler: A Scientist's Personal Mission to Make Time Travel a Reality Paperback – 19 Oct 2007
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About the Author
Ronald L. Mallett, Ph.D., served in the U.S. Air Force for four years. He received his B.S. in Physics in 1969, M.S. in 1970, and Ph.D. in physics in 1973, all lfrom Pennsylvania State University. In 1975 he joined the faculty at the University of Connecticut, where he is a professor of theoretical physics. He has published many papers on theoretical physics in professional journals. His time travel research has been featured in an hour-long TV special, "The World's First Time Machine," as well as publications as diverse as "The Wall Street Journal," "Rolling Stone," "New Scientist," "The Village Voice," "The Boston Globe" and "Pravda."
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Ronald Mallet sets before us all the principles of quantum physics that could make time travel possible, in the form of a very readable story of his own life. It all began with his relationship with his own father, an electrical engineer, and his sudden death when Ronald was only eleven. Devastated, Ronald went downhill emotionally until he became interested in science fiction, and dreamed of building a time machine to go back and talk to his father. Very skilfully and eloquently, he explains each concept as he encountered it, beginning with H.G. Wells' The Time Machine, explaining Einstein's theory, the contributions of others, like Erwin Schrodinger, John Wheeler, Francis Everitt, Joseph Taylor, ending with his own involvement in an experiment in frame dragging. By the end of the book, the reader -- I'll speak for myself -- I knew a lot more than I did before about many of the various principles of quantum mechanics.Read more ›
The book is well written and explains both scientific and physics terms well, though I have to admit some were over my head. Notwithstanding losing some idea of what was being discussed didn't cause a problem or meant that the book wasn't gripping. I listened this book as and when I could even walking the streets.
It is great to know that some kids dreams can be the foundation for further discovery in later life and that the idea behind the likes of the Big Bang Theory are not as fictitious as you would be led to believe.
The book has sparked an interest in my own reading of scientific journals and I hope to read a few more books like this. I may just give Stephen Hawking a miss though until I understand the science a bit more.
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