Ronald Mallett

Time travel, once the domain of science fiction, may be within our reach.

Author of Time Traveler

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Ronald Mallett | Author of Time Traveler
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Time travel is possible, says Ronald Mallett. In virtuosic lectures, Mallett explains his discoveries in clear, crisp language and reveals the gripping personal story that inspired his work—how he overcame poverty, racism, and the early death of his father that sent him on his quest, nearly realized, to build a functioning time machine. 

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.)


Mallett has appeared on This American Life and on TLC’s The World's First Time Machine, and his book, TIme Traveler, a sort of Elegant Universe-meets-H.G. Wells, has the scientific community—and the general public—abuzz with renewed interest and serious debate. He is also featured in a new documentary, How to Build a Time Machine. Mallett is currently Research Professor at the University of Connecticut.   

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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.