Step 1: Get in the hot tub...
Forget DeLoreans and Doc Brown—the trailer for Jay Cheel's new documentary How to Build a Time Machine looks pretty heavy. The movie reportedly follows Rob Noisi, a man obsessed with recreating the time machine from Time Machine, and Ronald Mallett, a physicist whose scientific interest in time travel stems from grief over his father's death.
In a column for noted scientific journal The Daily Mail,
accomplished physicist Stephen Hawking
-- who's been more at ease talking about out-there topics
of late -- writes an instructive DIY guide to time machine construction
. Though he admits to past concerns that he'd be "labelled a crank" in stodgier scientific circles for his explorations into time travel, he now admits to an open fascination with the subject.
The Daily Mail
headline ("STEPHEN HAWKING: How to build a time machine") and dek ("All you need is a wormhole, the Large Hadron Collider or a rocket that goes really, really fast") may oversell the piece a bit, but its value is as a popular science primer. Like his remarks about alien overlords, if Hawking has to give some writers easy misconstruable headlines and pop-up jokes in exchange for a lively debate about science (and publicity for his new TV show, Stephen Hawking's Universe,
which debuts on May 9th), so be it.