Google's logo, that is...
In celebration of science fiction author H.G. Wells' 143rd birthday, Google has featured several cryptic logos over the past month, culminating in today's design.
Ben Parr's post on Mashable chronicles the stealth campaign, which included an earlier 'o' abduction, crop circle logo, and various corresponding tweets.
Wells is generally credited with popularizing the concept of time travel in his novella The Time Machine. But is time travel really possible?
-For a primer on the topic, read "How Time Travel Will Work" at HowStuffWorks (from the Discovery Corp).
-Listen to this July 2009 story on Minnesota Public Radio featuring Ronald Mallett, a professor of physics at the University of Connecticut and the author of Time Traveler: A Scientist's Personal Mission to Make Time Travel a Reality. Director Spike Lee has acquired the rights for a film he plans to write and direct. Mallett's work has some of its inspiration in Wells' The Time Machine, which he first came across as an 11-year old in the midst of mourning the sudden death of his father. He thought if he could just build a time machine, he could go back in time and warn his dad about what was going to happen and prevent his death...
-In a 2006 MSNBC article, theoretical physicist Brian Greene (The Elegant Universe) and John Cramer, a physicist at the University of Washington, discuss the realities of time travel.
-Courtesy of the internet, go back in time to NOVA's 1999 special on the topic. The companion website includes text & audio from Carl Sagan, an Einstein thought experiment and a "time travel" glossary.