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Time Traveler: A Scientist's Personal Mission to Make Time Travel a Reality (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 9. November 2007

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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.

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Ronald L. Mallett, Ph.D., served in the U.S. Air Force for four years. He received his B.S. in Physics in 1969, M.S. in 1970, and Ph.D. in physics in 1973, all lfrom Pennsylvania State University. In 1975 he joined the faculty at the University of Connecticut, where he is a professor of theoretical physics. He has published many papers on theoretical physics in professional journals. His time travel research has been featured in an hour-long TV special, "The World's First Time Machine," as well as publications as diverse as The Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone, New Scientist, The Village Voice, The Boston Globe and Pravda.

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Das beste Buch zum Thema Zeitreisen !!!
Dieses Buch ist genau das richtige Buch für alle, die ein Buch suchen indem sich ernsthaft wissenschaftlich mit Zeitreisen auseinandergesetzt wird !
Der Buchautor Dr. Ronald L. Mallett schreibt in seinem Buch über seine eigene Person und seine perönlichen emotionalen Motive sich mit Zeitreisen zu beschäftigen, sowie auch über seine wissenschaftliche Forschung im Bereich der Physik, im Bereich der Raumzeit und der Zeitreisen !
Dr. Ronald L. Mallett arbeitet auch tatsächlich an dem Bau einer Ring-Laser-Zeitmaschine, mit der Nachrichten und Informationen in die Vergangenheit zurückgesendet werden können, auch das wird in dem Buch bestens erklärt !
Dr. Ronald L. Mallett's Ring-Laser-Zeitmaschine kann in den Forschungsbereichen wie Erweiterungen der Relativitätstheorie und Quanten-Gravitations-Theorien Sehr Gut Untersuchungen durchführen z.B.: Kann man mit Technologischen Mitteln, die Raumzeit künstlich krümmen Ja oder Nein; Bzw. Kann Technologisch Gekrümmte-Raumzeit erzeugt und verwendet werden Ja oder Nein ?!
Und wie Viel Energie ist notwendig um Gekrümmte-Raumzeit zu erzeugen und zu verwenden bzw. Viel Energie braucht man um die Raumzeit künstlich zu krümmen ?!
Welche Arten von Energie können die Raumzeit krümmen ?! Kann nur die Materie die Raumzeit krümmen oder können auch andere Arten von Energie die Raumzeit krümmen z.B. Elektromagnetische-Strahlungen oder Elektromagnetische-Felder ?!
Kann man Mikro-Wurmlöcher erzeugen oder nicht ?! Kann Man Quanten bzw. Teilchen durch Mikro-Wurmlöcher Hin-Durch-schiessen oder nicht ?!
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This is a very interesting book that raises a lot of moral dilemmas about time travel and Mallett's ambition to build the first time machine, so he can go back to 1955 to warn his father that he is dying. Mallett lost his father then and afterwards, he dedicated himself to be able to be in a position to go back in time to save him.

This is an autobiography of a black man who struggled all his life to become a tenured professor of physics and his relentless research into whether time travel is theoretically possible. A self-described Einstein fanatic, Mallett insists that time travel IS possible and he shows us how. He then describes everything he has done in his life to make time travel an accepted scientific theory which will lead to the first functional time machine.

The downside of this book is that he goes into a lot of physics theory and if you sucked at physics at school (like me), you WILL struggle to understand all the theory. Mallett tries to keep the text simple but sometimes there is only one way to describe it and you need to have a good understanding of physics to be able to follow along. Hence the three stars.
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HASH(0x9008d284) von 5 Sternen Breaking the time barrier... 26. März 2007
Von Steve Reina - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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"The moving finger writes and having writ moves on, nor all your piety can lure it back nor your tears wash out a word of it." Jon Donne.

If Prof. Ron Mallett has his way, the words of Jon Donne will be a quaint aphorism that people used to say. The reason Mallett says this is because he believes that the time barrier can be broken and that -- someday -- people will have the technology to travel into the past.

Almost immediately on announcing his speculations, Mallett became the topic of intense media interest including a Learning Channel special and great media coverage. And this is rightly so because the back story of Mallett's motivation -- so ably told in this book -- is itself so compelling.

In 1955, while still a child, Ron Mallett lost his father who died of heart failure at the age of 33. Loving his Dad as intensely as he did, Mallett began to dream of breaking the time barrier to rejoin his father just to tell him "I love you."

Just as everyone can easily connect with Mallett's motivation, mostly everyone will find themselves somewhat befuddled by the science behind Mallett's speculations. This isn't because he doesn't do a good job of explaining himself, but rather simply because scientific explanations typically tend to tax comprehension.

That being said, his theory is an ingenious one: that just as gravity can used to distort time, so can concentrated light. In this way, Mallett must now consider it the sweetest serendipity that he worked in the private sector with lasers for a formative part of his early career. In this way, he became immediately acquianted with the very device he intends to employ in his time travel device.

The typical time travel scenerios that have been set out involve a radical twisting of space. If we were bugs living on a sheet of Christmas wrapping paper, our travel from one end of the sheet to the other would be greatly speeded if we could somehow get the paper from the ends to connect with each other. And indeed, this is what the tradition theories of time travel all propose: that somehow -- whether it's through cosmic strings as speculated by J Richard Gott or black holes as speculated by Kip Thorne -- a force so great is created that space is litterally forced to warp back on itself.

Unfortunately, at the end of the day, Mallett's theories will probably face the same fate at those of Gott and Thorne respecting time travel by people into the past...failure. However, having opened by quoting Donne, it's perhaps best to close by quoting Theodore Roosevelt who said:

"Pity not those who have failed but those who live in that grey twilight that knows neither success nor failure."

By dint of genius, Mallett -- ultimately successful or not -- has irrevocably taken himself out of that "grey twilight" and us with him...if only in our hearts and imaginations.
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HASH(0x9009445c) von 5 Sternen Elegant Scientific Insights 14. November 2006
Von Brian OMalley - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Dr. Mallett must be an extraordinary teacher. While the other reviewers are correct that his personal history is deeply compelling, the scientific insights that he explains in chapters 11 and 12 are breathtaking in their elegance. Dr. Mallett's theory is the complement to the 1919 verification by Arthur Eddington of Eistein's prediction regarding the deflection of light rays by the curved space around the sun. Dr. Mallett's insight is that Einstein's theory shows that light, which does not have mass, has energy and that energy could also produce a gravitational field. If that gravitational field twists space, then time gets twisted. Eddington showed that strong gravity bends light, then Dr. Mallett theorizes that intense light should affect gravity. Beautiful symmnetry. With the recent advent of small, relatively inexpensive femto-second lasers with power outputs in terawatts, Dr Mallett's hypothesis should be testable very soon. Good luck Dr. Mallett, your father has truly reached across time.
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HASH(0x90090a08) von 5 Sternen Touching, interesting, inspirational, but a little dry. 11. Januar 2007
Von Scott T. Harker - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I heard Ronald Mallett on George Norry's show, and I thought he was fascinating. I ordered the book that night. I finally got a chance to read it. The book covers Mallett's life from childhood to present. It is a study of a man's life, how his beliefs and opinions were formed, and how his studies led him to his theories on time travel.

Although I found the book very touching in soma parts (I have a son myself), as well as very interesting, I did find a drawback that kept this from being a 5-star book; the science. Mallett goes into some deep scientific discussions when he explains certain facts and theories of physics. This is pretty basis stuff, but for the laymen, well, it's easy to get bogged down in it. I guess he felt that it was necessary to include his reasoning and his explanations for all of these things, but I thought that they ultimately took away from the overall enjoyment of the book.

Still, the book was a good read. It's fairly easy to get through it in a few nights of reading. I hope to hear Dr. Mallett on the George Norry show again, as I think he's a very interesting and inspirational guy. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the subject of time travel. Mallett gives some pretty compelling evidence, and it's cool stuff. Just be prepared to skip a paragraph or two when it becomes a dry physics lesson.
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HASH(0x90097630) von 5 Sternen A Mindbending Trip 10. Januar 2007
Von A. Paul - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Time Traveler has all the elements of a good thriller. It is especially engrossing because it is a true story. It has all of the unexpected twists and turns of reality. Truth is stranger than fiction! I found myself reading it in all sorts of unlikely places. It took me away from the politics at work during my lunch break. It transported me into another realm while I was waiting for a friend. It inspired me to reach for seemingly unattainable goals. It was thought provoking and mentally challenging. I highly recommend it.

A. Paul
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HASH(0x900977c8) von 5 Sternen Einstein' Dreams 26. Februar 2009
Von Seachranaiche - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I have always considered physicists such as Newton, Clerk, Einstein and Hawkings to be geniuses; born that way, practically savants in their ability to see beyond the common, to imagine what may lie between the temporal folds of reality to envision relativity and quantum mechanics, to actually be able to describe, in language and mathematics, what exists beyond the average mind such as my own. And then comes Ronald Mallet, an every-day guy with a dream to reunite with his long lost father, and suddenly the hero worship of extraordinary minds is turned on end.

In this spare memoir, an average man of humble beginnings, with no pattern of great insight to come, longs to see his father again and sets about a course of education in his life to learn the necessary knowledge to build a time machine, within the bounds of physics, and return to warn his father to take more care, to live longer in able to bestow that fatherly wisdom and camaraderie on his children. Through the course of a normal life, Ronald Mallet learns physics, becomes a physicist, a professor, a mentor to extraordinary minds, and in his quest creates the possibility of time travel.

If nothing else, "Time Traveler" demonstrates that depth of knowledge does not rely on some quirk of cerebral wiring, but rather, on hard work and dreams. As a memoir it is short on personal depth but its lessons are profound nonetheless. As a lay guide to physics, especially the physics of relativity, it is an effective primer for the lay reader and worthy of the investment.

As a boy, and into adulthood, Mallet has been fascinated by stories of time travel, of H.G. Wells, Richard Matheson, and others--he has been touched by the possibilities and disturbed by the paradoxes, which shows that the science-fiction genre can drive the imagination as perhaps no other. But of Matheson's "Bid Time return" (the film, "Somewhere in Time") I must ask: Where did the watch come from?
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