Physics Professor Builds Time Machine to Save Dead Father

If you think this sounds like the premise of a sci-fi movie, you’re not alone. Time travel is a topic that has been addressed ad nauseum in fiction, but it’s never come even close to being reality. Until now – or so says University of Connecticut physics professor Ronald Mallett, who intends to travel not to the future, but the past: specifically, the Bronx in 1955.

Dr. Ronald L. Mallett has kept his time-travel work secret for decades, fearing that public knowledge of the project would be career suicide. For more than 50 years, Mallett has obsessed over finding a way to traverse spatiotemporal continuum so he could warn his father to stop his two-pack-a-day habit and take better care of himself, in the hopes of preventing his fatal heart attack at 33.

The Boston Phoenix profiled Dr. Mallett’s attempts at building a contraption based on the one he saw on the cover of the Classics Illustrated version of H.G. Well’s The Time Machine, detailing his work and revealing that his theory, though in need of more work, is sound. Spike Lee is currently writing a screenplay for a movie, which he’ll also direct, based on Mallett’s book, Time Traveler.

Sort of bizarre? Sure, but it’s also fascinating. Check out the whole story over at The Boston Phoenix.

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7 Responses to Physics Professor Builds Time Machine to Save Dead Father

  1. This isn’t actually time travel, it’s time communication. Furthermore, this guy’s theory only works for communication with times no earlier than the first discovery of this technology. The real test is that as soon as he builds it he should get instant information from his future self.

  2. My future self is going to pirate Dr. Ronald L. Mallett’s time travel signal and code me the winning lottery numbers within the experimental data of his present scholarly publications. With this money, i will research and hire experts to help me pirate Dr. Ronald L. Mallett’s time travel communication signals, subvert his experimental data, and send myself the winning lottery numbers. Forever.

  3. This isn't actually time travel, it's time communication. Furthermore, this guy's theory only works for communication with times no earlier than the first discovery of this technology. The real test is that as soon as he builds it he should get instant information from his future self.

  4. My future self is going to pirate Dr. Ronald L. Mallett's time travel signal and code me the winning lottery numbers within the experimental data of his present scholarly publications. With this money, i will research and hire experts to help me pirate Dr. Ronald L. Mallett's time travel communication signals, subvert his experimental data, and send myself the winning lottery numbers. Forever.

  5. Has the idea of a paradox never occurred to him? Seems pretty obvious – go in back and convince Dad to stop treating his body like crap = no incentive to devote his life to building a time machine = no way of going back in time. Classic Grandfather Paradox.

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