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Albert E. Segall - professor of engineering science and mechanics, Penn State University Park

Book Title: The Time Machine

Author: H.G. Wells

Book Description:

I am not sure if this book inspired me, but it certainly captured my imagination in a way that few (if any) have before. It is the first book that I could not put down, much to the chagrin of my parents when they learned that I stayed up most of the night to finish it. If one goes beyond the technology of time travel and the author’s looseness with the laws of physics, the book serves as a powerful and chilling reminder of mans potential for greatness and cruel weaknesses that tend to get in the way. In fact, the book envisioned a far distant time when earth no longer had human inhabitants. Given the growing concerns about climate change and mans possible role, overpopulation, and limited natural resources, perhaps we should take heed!

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