Perhaps time travel doesn't require a Dolorean or a flux capacitor after all.
UT will be opening its doors to Michio Kaku, Ph.D. and American theoretical physicist, this Thursday.
Sponsored by the UT Issues Committee, Kaku, a professor of theoretical physics at the City College of New York, will be presenting a lecture focused on time travel. Titled "Physics of the Impossible," the lecture will explore topics from Kaku's New York Times best-selling novel of the same name.
Hannah Bailey, chair of the UT Issues Committee, believes Kaku will bring hard science to this ubiquitous pop culture mainstay.
"All of us have thought about time travel at some point in our lives," Bailey said. "Whether it was that we wish we could go back and change something we did, or maybe didn't do, or how the actual physics of time travel would work. Time travel is a trope is so many popular films, TV shows and songs today, you really can't get away from the idea.
"The Issues Committee felt that Kaku would be one of the most capable people we could bring to discuss this topic."
After receiving his bachelors degree from Harvard University in 1968, Kaku pursued his Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley.
Boasting a presence in radio, television, film and print, Kaku has has hosted a number of TV specials on the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, BBC and the Science Channel, in addition to authoring two best-selling novels.
"Getting to go to this lecture for free is no doubt a once in a lifetime opportunity," Bailey said. "Students will get an unusual viewpoint on time travel that they may have never heard and will definitely come away entertained and having learned more about an exciting topic."
Ashleigh Moyer, director of the office of Student Activities, said the goal of the Student Activities office is to provide students with opportunities such as this.
"Student engagement and student development are core values of the office," Moyer said, "which is committed to presenting students with opportunities to learn, lead and grow."
The speaking events begins at 7:30 p.m. in the UC Auditorium.