Time Travelers' Café w/ CafeSci Boston

What would it be like to travel through time?

We've all thought about it...seeing into the distant future, or perhaps traveling into the past (only to have our mothers fall in love with us instead of our fathers, then having to team up with eccentric genius Dr. Emmett Brown to figure out how to channel lightning into the flux capacitor, all while fixing a major paradox to avoid being erased from existence).

While time travel has been a favorite science fiction topic since HG Wells' "The Time Machine," time travel hasn't made the transition from fiction to fact...yet...

With this month's Science Café, join Prof. Seth Lloyd of MIT as he introduces us to "a new theory of the physics of time travel." He'll talk about how scientists are puzzling over the theories that might eventually take Marty McFly back to 1955, or ahead to a 2015 complete with hover boards (don't you just want a hover board so badly?).

It's sure to be a great night. So grab some friends and come out to Middlesex Lounge for a drink and a look into science at its most entertaining and fascinating. We promise Biff won't be there.

(For those of you who aren't getting all the "Back To the Future" references, I apologize. But seriously, where have you been? Go watch it right now. Then come to the Science Café. It'll be great.)

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Funny guy and funny stories but where was the time machine we all expected? Geez, Nova, get it toGETHer!

    June 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    An article that references Lloyd et al.'s paper: http://phys.org/news/2011-03-grandfather-paradox.html

    Free earlier version of the paper: http://arxiv.org/abs/1005.2219

    They set up an experiment where the "time traveling" photon actually starts earlier, travels, and comes out later, then you test its state. They run this experiment many times. Then they cross out all the results where it didn't come out in the intended "starting" state. The remaining results should show "just as if" it had started at the later time in the "starting" state and traveled back in time.

    June 21, 2013

  • swati

    It was interesting, but I was hoping for much more actual science and not just stories about time travel.

    2 · June 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Speakers and writers shouldn't be afraid of going over the heads of some of their audience. We all appreciate hearing the real poop and we can pick up clues, ideas, and a sense of what's going on, even if we're missing some or even a lot of the background.

      1 · June 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Oh, man, that is so unfair! I thought we were going to get to time travel tonight!

    June 18, 2013

    • John

      You still can...you can time travel back to the event and it'll be "tonite" :>

      1 · June 20, 2013

  • = D ~ f.k.a. Duncan M.

    I didn't want to interupt the space time continuum by attending. I believe my future self was in attendence.

    June 19, 2013

  • Maria

    It was difficult to hear the speaker from my location and it would have been nice to have the questions repeated on the microphone (or had a second one) so that we knew what he was answering during the Q&A

    1 · June 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you all for coming out! We had a great time and hope you did too. We'll make sure to get the next event posted here on MeetUp. If you know any scientists who might be interested in speaking or have a particular topic you'd like to see at a Science Cafe post a suggestion to our Facebook Group or Twitter handle @CafeSciBoston

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/388970764555159/

    Rob - thanks for your feedback!

    June 19, 2013

  • Rob

    Overall I had a good time. The lecture was cool, interesting, and enjoyable. I would have preferred a little bit more information rather than light hearted time-travel jokes but that would have gone over my head and then I'd be complaining about that. I'm impossible to please.

    June 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I completely forgot about this meetup-D@mn! Hope it was good.

    June 18, 2013

  • Mark

    Ridiculously bad luck with route choice and traffic.
    Will be there as soon as I'm able.

    June 18, 2013

  • Jasmin

    sorry for the last minute change. turns out I need to work late

    June 18, 2013

  • Scott

    Was going to do something outdoors but with the rain this sounds cool!

    June 18, 2013

  • Amy M

    So bummed don't think I can... Will definitely watch the video

    June 18, 2013

  • Janet

    Unfortunately I've run out of time.

    1 · June 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Best place to park?

    June 18, 2013

  • wxnderingstar

    Is this being recorded, by any chance? I was really looking forward to this, but unfortunately it's looking like I might have to miss out. :(

    June 18, 2013

  • Laura

    got red sox tix

    June 18, 2013

  • Gregory D.

    I've been looking forward to this, but unfortunately can't make it. Have fun!

    June 18, 2013

  • = D ~ f.k.a. Duncan M.

    If your name is not Calvin then why are you wearing Calvin Klein's underwear?

    June 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    To ask questions during the Café please tweet to #TimeCafeNOVA and/or @CafeSciBoston.

    June 17, 2013

  • Orianne

    This should be fun! I'm new to the area and don't know anyone, so does anyone want to hangout with me at the event? :D

    1 · June 17, 2013

    • Mona

      Hi Orianne, I am also new and this is my first meetup. See you tomorrow :)

      June 17, 2013

    • Michael

      Hey, what's Meetup for, if not for meeting up with others at these events, right? See you guys then!

      1 · June 17, 2013

  • jonathan

    Just read Dr. Lloyd's book last month. Definitely the right stuff!

    June 17, 2013

  • Mona

    Sounds excitingly fun! Will be there.

    June 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is anyone planning to video-record this?

    June 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes! The organizing group from NOVA will be recording the Café. We will even have fancy forms for you to sign so we can use the images/recordings to show off what a science cafe does to the rest of the country!

      June 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Okay, but will the unedited video be going up on the web soon, in downloadable form?

      June 17, 2013

  • Kevin O.

    This could potentially be a lot of fun.

    1 · June 17, 2013

  • Kevin O.

    This could potentially be a lot of fun.

    June 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We love to have live capture/interaction of audience participation on Social Media at the event. Make sure to follow us on Twitter @CafeSciBoston and Join our facebook group (linke below) so you can share your thoughts and keep up to date for upcoming Cafés and even suggest topic for a future Café.

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/388970764555159/

    June 17, 2013

  • Aaron T.

    I probably going

    June 17, 2013

  • Rob

    Looking forward to it ... or backwards at it

    2 · June 16, 2013

  • Judith A.

    How incredibly fun is this event:) !!

    June 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good times.

    June 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Make sure to follow @CafeSciBoston on twitter for the most up-to-date information

    June 11, 2013

  • redleaf

    HI all, I like this.

    June 6, 2013

  • Amy M

    Love it!

    June 6, 2013

  • M L

    MY NAME IS "M L" NOT "M"

    June 6, 2013

  • M L

    CHECK OUT THE ARLINGTON CAPITOL THEATRE..."BACK TO THE FUTURE" IS ONE OF THE FEATURED FILMS THIS MONTH!!!!

    1 · June 6, 2013

  • John

    Hi Scott...unfortunately Doreen and I can't make it because we're hosting another event that nite. Have a great evening tho :)

    June 6, 2013

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