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Scientists are getting closer to making time travel a reality. If a time machine were to be created, how would it best be put to use?
ABOUT THE EPISODE
Devastated by the loss of his father, Ron Mallett found hope in an unlikely place: H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine. Mallett, now a physics professor at the University of Connecticut, discusses how his father’s death led him on a lifelong quest to build a time machine, the Spike Lee movie based on his life, and how time travel may not be as far off as many might think.
For a captioned version of this interview, go to YouTube.
ABOUT THE GUEST
Ronald L. Mallett received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in physics from Penn State. He is one of America’s first African Americans to earn a doctoral degree in theoretical physics and is regarded as an authority on time travel.
Mallett has published numerous papers on black holes and cosmology in professional journals. His breakthrough research on time travel has been featured extensively in international media, including New Scientist, Rolling Stone, The Wall Street Journal, NPR’s This American Life, the National Geographic Channel, and NBC’s Today Show.
Mallett’s recently published memoir Time Traveler: A Scientist’s Personal Mission to Make Time Travel a Reality has been translated into Korean, Chinese, and Japanese. Spike Lee, Emmy-winning and Academy Award-nominated director/producer, has acquired the film rights to the book. He plans to co-write the script and direct the movie.
More About Mallett
- Ron Mallett’s Website
- Ron Mallett’s African American Chronicles Interview
- One Moment in Time (Penn Stater)
- This American Life: My Brilliant Plan
- History Channel: Time Travel Scientist
- Excerpt from Time Traveler
- WPSU BookMark Review
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