English 201 Page

First posted Oct. 21 1998. Last modified April 9 2002.
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I encourage Wilmington students to get down to Cincinnati sometime and take advantage of the many events and places of interest there. For example, the Kenwood Mall is huge; Jungle Jim's has almost every kind of food on the planet. If you can find Highway 71, you can get there. Use Yahoo Maps to find locations. If you have trouble reading a street map, this would be a good time to learn. See the CityBeat weekly paper to see what's going on downtown.

The Reality of Time Travel

Though many people do not know it, rapid motion causes (one-way) travel into the future, an effect predicted by Einsteinian relativity and verified, for example, by flying super-accurate clocks on jet planes (see the Nova link below for an animated demonstration). The question of travel into the past is, however, far more controversial--but it has received a great deal of attention, and is now a respectable topic of interest, among professional physicists. Most dramatic is the story of Ron Mallett, in which science is inspired by and blends with science fiction. Ron had finished reading Wells' Time Machine at age ten, at which time his father passed away from lung cancer. He fantasized that time travel would allow him to save him (shades both of the new "Time Machine" film, and of the film "Frequency"), and this interest sustained him through a doctorate in physics--and to today's point, at which he is seriously planning to demonstrate a working time machine in the forseeable future. The constraints on time travel are perhaps disappointing to the typical movie viewer; one apparently cannot change the past (in our own universe, anyway; what might happen in parallel universes remains a vexed question). One cannot go back in time before the machine was built, since one needs it there in order to arrive at the destination; furthermore, the amount of energy needed to send anything much bigger than a molecule would be enormous, and may not be attainable. Nonetheless, time-arrow reversal has recently been observed in some particle experiments (as have faster-than-light lasers), and Mallett's work may open quite a can of worms. His story may be seen at this link at the University of Connecticut, and his personal page there has the coolest faculty photo of any scientist I have yet seen--including his model of the George Pal film's time machine. If he pulls it off, you can expect this photo to be on the covers of Newsweek, Time, and everywhere else someday.

Links on Wells' Time Machine

Doomsday Book Links

Criticism and Theory Resources Online

The Voice of the Shuttle
The Shuttle is perhaps the premier site for links to literary criticism and theory on the Web. Take some time to navigate its many sections and to see what they've got.

Literary Resources--Theory
Jack Lynch's page at the University of Pennsylvania.

The Southern Oregon University Theory Page
Swirl: Your Guide to Post-Millenial Paradigms is a fun and funny site with lots of information, including the Who's Who in Theory page listed below.

Has Book Reviewing Gone Blah?
This article says it has, and that the Web isn't helping....

Literary Journals on the Web

Theoryheads

Miscellaneous Links