Einen der wichtigsten Jahrestage dieses Jahr habe ich ja verpasst. Am 5. November 1955 hatte Dr. Emmett Lathrop Brown die Idee zur Zeitmaschine, eine Erfindung, die Jahre später Thema der preisgekrönten Dokumentation „Back to the Future“ war. Wired hat zum Jahrestag ein äußerst charmantes, kurzes Posting.
Dr. Emmett Lathrop Brown is known for being a member (unverified) of the Manhattan Project, a physics professor at Hill Valley University, and a talented entrepreneur and handyman. But it’s his contribution to the field of temporal physics for which he is best remembered.
According to archival footage, Brown was standing on his toilet seat on the evening of Nov. 5, 1955, attempting to hang a clock in his bathroom, when he slipped and slammed his head on the side of the sink. Upon regaining consciousness Brown reported having “a revelation, a picture, a picture in my head.” A picture which he crudely scrawled down on a piece of paper and subsequently spent 30 years of his life and family fortune to build.
That picture, of course, was the flux capacitor. And as every high school physics student knows, it’s the device that makes time travel possible.