Author of Time Traveler
Can a circulating beam of light make time travel a reality by dragging time into a closed loop? Theoretical physicist Ronald Mallett thinks it can. A scientist, professor, and subject of an upcoming Spike Lee film, Mallett is one of the few African-American PhDs in theoretical physics. Working with Einstein's theories of relativity and space-time, he has discovered the basic equations for a working time machine that may make time travel possible. (It's being hailed as a plausible path to time travel, in our lifetime.)
Time Traveler: A Scientist's Personal Mission to Make Time Travel a Reality
In his popular lectures, attended by his peers and interested onlookers, Mallett explains his theories, which are derived from the work of Einstein and Godol and from his own experiments over thirty years (much of which has been published in journals). But behind the science—which is delivered in clear, captivating language with inspired metaphors (a spoon stirring a glass of water)—lies Mallett's personal story. He touches on the death of his father when he was a boy (which set him on his current path to invent a time machine) and tells us how he overcame poverty and racism to become one of the few African-American Ph.Ds in theoretical physics. Mallett's talks are both intriguing scientific fodder for the future of time travel and an inspiration to aspiring young scientists.
This is the dramatic and inspirational first-person story of theoretical physicist, Dr. Ronald Mallett, who recently discovered the basic equations for a working time machine that he believes can be used as a transport vehicle to the past. Combining elements of Rocket Boys and Elegant Universe, Time Traveler follows Mallett's discovery of Einstein's work on space-time, his study of Godel's work on a solution of Einstein's equation that might allow for time travel, and his own research in theoretical physics spanning thirty years that culminated in his recent discovery of the effects of circulating laser light and its application to time travel.
The foundation for Mallett's historic time-travel work is Einstein's theory of general relativity, a sound platform for any physicist. Through his years of reading and studying Einstein, Mallett became a buff well before he had any notion of the importance of the grand old relativist's theories to his own career. One interesting subtext to the story is Mallett's identification with, and keen interest in, Einstein. Mallett provides easy-to-understand explanations of the famous physicist's seminal work.