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The Time Traveller: One Man's Mission to Make Time Travel a Reality Hardcover – 30 Jul 2007
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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
'This book makes for absorbing reading.' --This text refers to the Digital Download edition.See all Product description
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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 read 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr Mallett's tale has just the right balance between the emotive and the scientific, and he makes great use of analogy to explain his theories (and those of his hero, Einstein) to the layperson. It's impossible not to feel empathy with his plight, and throughout the book I found myself willing him on to crack the secret of time travel.
A superb story of how a young boy never gave up on his dream.