By Angelica R. Hill
Professor Ronald Mallett is a theoretical physicist not an experimental physicist. You are probably asking what the difference is between the two. They are the Yin and the Yang of physics. The theorist watches a person go to the well each morning to draw water. One day, the theorist conceives a way to bring the water to the person; instead of, the person having to go to the water. The theorist spends his time researching and testing his theory to present it to the experimental physicist. The experimental physicist will then use their available physical resources to bring life to the theory. The result – in this case – would be running water inside homes.
The Time Traveler was Professor Mallett’s muse to find a way to go back in time to warn his father about his heart condition. His research introduced him to another great theorist, Albert Einstein. Albert Einstein’s Theory of Relativity and Gravitational Field Equations have played a major role in Ron’s life work.
Professor Mallett received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in physics from the Pennsylvania State University. At that time, 20,000 Americans received their Ph.D. in physics. However, only 79 of these were African-American. The figures now are an astonishing 35,000 to 350.
In 1975, Professor Mallett joined the physics faculty at the University of Connecticut in Storrs. He is currently Research Professor and Physics Professor Emeritus.
Professor Mallett explains the idea behind his work – using a cup of coffee – on an episode of Science Busters aired 4/12/16:
“The basic idea behind my work is that you have a set of four separate laser beams, the net effect is a circulating beam of light. This is what I mean when I say a circulating beam of light. Let’s say you are looking at this cup of coffee, think of the coffee in this cup as being like empty space. Add cream, imagine the spoon being like a circulating light beam, it spins around and creates a vortex in the coffee. How do you see empty space? Suppose, I put a coffee bean in the cup of coffee, putting it into the space, the coffee is dragging the coffee bean around which increases as I stir. The coffee bean is similar to a neutron. You can’t see the empty space being dragged around, but you can see the effect of the empty space. Einstein’s theory stated that space and time are connected to each other; so, whatever you do to space you also do to time. Twisting time into a loop allows you to go back into the past. All are based on complicated mathematical equations. I had to solve Einstein’s Gravitational Field Equations which was hundreds of pages of calculations.”
Professor Mallett has published many research papers on time travel. His research has been featured extensively in different media outlets around the world. He has published an inspiring memoir with Bruce Henderson, “Time Traveler: A Scientist’s Personal Mission to Make Time Travel a Reality”. Film rights – to Time Traveler – have recently been acquired by director Spike Lee’s production company, Forty Acres & A Mule Filmworks, Inc. (noor100, 2012)
Professor Mallett has dedicated his life and career in proof of his theory. It is now in the hands of experimental physicists. The only set back is the funding involved to bring it to fruition.
World Patent Marketing CEO, Scott Cooper is interested in the possibility of funding him. He is not only interested in the time machine; he is also interested in the first part of the experiment – twisting space, which could lead to the fastest form of communication we have ever had.
“Imagine if we could push information with space. You would have a much more rapid form of communication!” – Scott Cooper
Use the following links to find out more about Professor Ron Mallett’s work:
noor100. (2012, July 10). SPIKE LEE ACQUIRES FILM RIGHTS TO TIME TRAVELER. Retrieved from destee.com: https://destee.com/threads/time-traveller-a-spike-lee-film.72578/
Time Travel News. (2017, March 16). Retrieved from higgypop.com: https://www.higgypop.com/news/time-travel/