Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The Possibility of Time Travel with Professor Ronald Mallett, 7p.m. on May 23 at the Farmington Library

Director's College 

On Wednesday, May 23, internationally renowned scholar, Ronald Mallett, will show the documentary film, “The World’s First Time Machine,” a BBC/Discovery Channel documentary that features Professor Mallett’s research on time travel.  Following the film, Professor Mallett will also be on hand for a thoughtful and intellectual discussion about the possibility of time travel, and will sign copies of his book, TIME TRAVELER: A Scientist's Personal Mission to Make Time Travel a Reality, which will be available for purchase. 

TIME TRAVELER: A Scientist's Personal Mission to Make Time Travel a Reality (Basic Books) is the compelling and touching story of a man whose deep childhood trauma -- at age ten the sudden death of his father -- drove him on a quest to build a time machine in an attempt to go back in time to save his dad. In telling his story, Mallett explains in "easy-to-read" (Publishers Weekly) language and elegant metaphors the physics that makes time travel possible -- based on Einstein's theories of relativity -- and offers what New Scientist's editor Michael Brooks calls an "actual blueprint for a time machine." The title has been reprinted in Korea, Taiwan and the United Kingdom and has been acquired by director Spike Lee's production company.

Mallett received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in physics from Pennsylvania State University. He worked for United Technologies from 1973-5, and in 1975 joined the physics faculty at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, where he has been a professor of theoretical physics ever since. Mallett has published numerous papers on black holes and cosmology in professional journals. His breakthrough research on time travel has been featured extensively in the media around the world, including NPR's This American Life, and the History Channel, Science Channel and Learning Channel. The London Daily Mail said of Mallett: "In pursuit of his seemingly impossible goal, he has overcome poverty and prejudice to become one of only a handful of top-flight black physicists in the United States."

This free library event will feature the showing of the forty-five minute film, a book signing, and Q & A. following the film.  More information on Ronald Mallett can be obtained at his website:

Advance registration is required for this program. Please call 860-673-6791 for details or register through the library’s web site at The event will take place at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Room of the main library at 6 Monteith Drive.

The Farmington Library is part of the Farmington Village Green and Library Association.  If you have special needs to attend library programs, contact the library in advance.