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The Time Traveller : One Man's Mission To Make Time Travel A Reality

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Ron Mallett was just 10 when his father died suddenly. Devastated, he found solace in the science fiction of H.G. Wells, believing that if he could build a time machine, he could go back into the past, warn his father and perhaps save his life. Ronald Mallett is now a professor of theoretical physics. Remarkably, this working-class African American boy from the Bronx stuck with his vision, overcoming poverty and prejudice in the pursuit of his obsession. This is the story of his extraordinary journey of self- and scientific discovery. With simple language and elegant metaphor he lays out his theories and presents the reader with what is an actual blue print for a time machine.A dramatic and compelling memoir, it is also a brilliant introduction to a riveting but generally baffling subject, and a truly inspirational account of astonishing achievement.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 128 x 198 x 18mm | 212g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Corgi Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552155756
  • 9780552155755
  • 575,751

About Ronald L. Mallett

Ronald Mallett was born in Pennsylvania in 1945 and grew up in the Bronx. In 1973 he was one of the first African-Americans to receive a PhD in theoretical physics and is now a professor of physics at the University of Connecticut. He has published many papers on theoretical physics, and his time travel research has been featured in the TV special The World's First Time Machine as well as in publications as diverse as Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone and New Scientist. Bruce Henderson is the author and co-author of numerous bestselling books, including And the Sea Will Tell and, most recently, True North: Peary, Cook and the Race to the Pole. He teaches writing at Stanford University, and lives in Menlo Park, California.show more

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"A fascinating man . . . mesmerizing" * Judy Finnigan, Daily Express * "This book makes for absorbing reading." -- Alexander Waugh * Telegraph * "A hugely readable book, a fascinating subject and a delightful story." * www.popularscience.co.uk * "Mallett never comes off as a puffy-chested smarty-pants. His delivery is humble, his voice enthusiastic, his optimism contagious. For anyone, but especially for the aspiring scientist, Time Traveler is a worthwhile and surprisingly entertaining read." -- Julie Mayeda * San Francisco Chronicle * ". . . Mallett is such a great teacher that the complex ideas that shape modern physics aren't so scary under the professor's easy guidance . . . strange, interesting and ultimately touching memoir." -- Bruce Lieberman * San Diego Union Tribune *show more

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"A fascinating man . . . mesmerizing"show more

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Ron Mallett was just 10 when his father died suddenly. Devastated, he found solace in the science fiction of H.G. Wells, believing that if he could just build a time machine, he could go back into the past, warn his father and perhaps save his life. Ronald Mallett is now a professor of theoretical physics. Remarkably, this working-class African American boy from the Bronx stuck with his vision, overcoming poverty and prejudice in the pursuit of his obsession. This is the story of Mallett's extraordinary journey of scientific and self-discovery. With simple language and elegant metaphor he lays out his theories and presents the reader with what is an actual blueprint for a time machine.A dramatic and compelling memoir, it is also a brilliant introduction to a riveting but generally baffling subject, and a truly inspirational account of astonishing achievement. 'This distinguished physicist claims to have made a truly incredible breakthrough. If he is right, he will end up being the most famous inventor in history' Michael Hanlon, Daily Mail 'The stuff of Hollywood . . . this book makes for absorbing reading' Alexander Waugh, Daily Telegraph 'Superbly readable, a real page-turner with a fascinating subject' www.popularscience.co.uk 'Fascinating...truly amazing' C.N.N.show more

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