science | May 05, 2013

Science? Or Science Fiction? Ronald Mallett On The Physics Of Time Travel

"I'm going to be talking with you about something that sounds like it's been ripped out of the pages of science fiction," science speaker Ronald Mallett says in a recent keynote address. "Time travel: it's one of mankind's oldest fantasies...[and] I'm here to tell you there's a real scientific basis for the possibility of time travel." In his speech at the Stroud Science Symposium, Mallet shares his groundbreaking research in theoretical physics. Author of the fascinating book, Time Traveler, Mallett presents his audience with the personal life events (the death of his father) that inspired him to start tinkering with time. Is it possible to use a circulating beam of light to drag time into a closed loop? Mallett certainly thinks it is. And, in this talk, he lays out the scientific evidence to prove that 
maneuvering through time is not as far fetched as we may think.

"By using gravity, I opened up the possibility of a portal to the past—this is real physics," he tells the crowd. Since gravity affects how fast or slow time passes (as proven by Einstein's Theory of Relativity) Mallett believes that he can use that knowledge to twist time from a straight line into a closed loop—making it possible to travel between the past, present, and future. After thirty years of intensive study, Mallett believes he has come close to discovering a way for us to control our destiny in a way we never imagined.

The loss of Mallett's father led him down the path to intensive scientific study, as he became enthralled with finding a way back in time to spend more time with his father. That passion is something that Mallett urges his audience to grasp at the end of the keynote. Whatever it is you enjoy doing, he says, it's up to you to find a way to make it a reality. His talks are intriguing not only for those interested in cutting-edge science, but for anyone who has a dream they want to achieve. He shares a mix of scientific research and motivational personal anecdotes in all of his talks. Mallett argues that following your passions (even ones that seem as far-fetched as building a time machine) will eventually bring you happiness. It isn't always an easy route, and you have to pay your dues and work hard, but Mallett believes that if you do so, you will be happy in whichever route you choose.

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