Thursday, May 24, 2012

Director's College Time Travel Event a Success!

Last night, over 50 people came to the main library for our Director's College event on time travel.   Ronald Mallett, Professor of Physics at the University of Connecticut, presented the documentary:The World's First Time Machine, a BBC/Discovery Channel production that has also aired on The Learning Channel and The Science Channel.

After the film, Professor Mallett fielded a number of probing and thought-provoking questions from the audience, which covered such scientific phenomena as black holes, the speed of light, and even GPS transmissions from satellites. 

Professor Mallett pointed out that more in depth answers to these questions could be found in his book, Time Traveler: One Scientist's Personal Mission to Make Time Travel a Reality, which the Uconn Co-op made available for purchase.  Discussions continued as audience members lined up to purchase the books and get them personally signed by Professor Mallett. The book is part memoir, part research, but is written in a clear and straightforward way that non-scientists can understand.  The book has been optioned by director Spike Lee's production company.  A script is in the works, and if the rumor proves true, Denzell Washington is the pick to play Professor Mallett in the movie!