Meet The Physicist Building A Time Machine To See His Dead Father

This is an important day for Ronald L. Mallett, a retired professor of theoretical physics at the University of Connecticut who is trying to invent a machine that will allow him to travel back in time to reunite with his dead father. Of course, this is an important day for many of us. Today, after all, is Oct. 21, 2015, the date on which Marty McFly and Emmett Lathrop “Doc” Brown, Ph.D., emerged from a time machine of their own into a future world of hoverboards, flying cars and people wearing two ties at once for some reason.

For many of us, this is an opportunity to take stock of the “Back to the Future” franchise’s various predictions and think about the ways in which they have — or, in most cases, haven’t — come true.

Yes, there are hoverboards. No, people don’t have fax machines in their bathrooms. And with the Cubs down 3-0 in their pennant series against the Mets, it looks like it will be at least another year before they win their first World Series since Theodore Roosevelt was president.

But how about time travel itself? Mallett, who considers “Back to the Future” one of his favorite films, acknowledges that the idea of getting into a souped-up DeLorean and zooming into the future is the sort of fantasy that remains relegated to the imaginations of movie producers. But he insists that time travel could, in fact, become a reality, though perhaps on a very limited scale. Whether or not he succeeds, the author of Time Traveler: A Scientist’s Personal Mission to Make Time Travel a Reality may one day follow “Doc” to Hollywood fame; Spike Lee has reportedly bought the rights to his life story.

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