RONALD L. MALLETT, PhD
Ronald Mallett has been on TV, radio, and in newspapers and magazines. His book, Time Traveller, is being sold in several languages and he speaks to audiences around the world about how the death of his father at age 10 caused him to want to become a physicist, after reading The Time Machine by H.G. Wells. It was his desire to build a time machine so that he could go back and save his father's life! This has made his effort to create a time machine a very compelling story, even though he now knows that he won't be able to build a time machine that will take him back that far in the past because it won't go back any further than the time that it is first switched on!
Mallett is a conservative physicist, despite his famed effort to build a time machine, which is why his design won't go back before it was created - it's based on the premise of closed time like curves which wouldn't be created until the machine is activated. There are other ways, however, to create a time machine, but those are outside the carefully crafted area that physicists like to operate in. Mallett himself will often refer to his design as being "based on Einstein's general theory of relativity" because that means it's a safe idea. It's also the reason why some physicists don't believe it will work - because the energy requirements within Einstein's general theory of relativity seem to indicate that it would take far more powerful lasers to get the space and time twisting effect that Mallett's looking for. However, no one knows for sure until he builds the machine he's designed. What's the hold-up? He needs a rumored $250,000 to just do a feasibility test! It will take Mallett a total of $6.5 million to go through the entire process to build his machine with no guarantee it will work. Below are a number of the interviews that Mallett has given. You can learn more about him by watching them.
Mallett has benefitted as well for being in the documentary, The World's First Time Machine, which is set in the future and looks back to the history of the development of time travel and how Mallett invented the first time machine. Of course, now we know that he hasn't - he lost the race to Marshall Barnes in November of 2013 when Marshall's machine, the Verdrehung Fan(TM) performed a two faced geometry allowing RF waves to disappear through both the front and back of the machine into the center, forming the classic, two-faced wormhole configuration. It was not a single wormhole but a swirling mesh of micro wormholes being held open longer and larger by the torsion forces created by th Verdrehung Fan(TM). Learn more about it on Marshall's spotlight page, and how Mallett tuned down the opportunity to be a part of the project with Marshall, thus putting the Great Time Machine Race in motion and the eventual loss of the title of creating the first time machine for Mallett.
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