Building Time Machines

From HG Wells to the latest Big Brother challenge, time travel has sparked the popular imagination. Now, an American scientist has broken his silence about his dream of time travel, with a book documenting his life-long struggle to build a time machine.

Time travel has long held a fascination for many of us. The idea that we could use science to see the past and the future has been with us since HG Wells penned The Time Machine at the end of the 19th Century. Since then, sci-fi comics and Hollywood have built an entire time travel industry.

Today, man is successfully probing deep into the mysteries of the universe. Can he penetrate the greatest mystery of all - time itself?

One young boy, growing up in the 1950s in the Bronx in New York, was especially interested in these tales. Ronald Mallett was just 10 when his father died of a sudden heart attack. And it was in science fiction that he found solace.

Read his crackpot story.

Which reminds me: DeLorean cars might go back into production. Flux Capacitors cost extra.

— Mark N

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