Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure



  • January 30, 2012
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  • Offering Format: Public Event, Lecture
  • External Location
  • Members, students, and seniors: $7.75; general admission: $9.75
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    With Edward Farhi, Dr., physicist, professor of physics at MIT and director of its Center for Theoretical Physics


With only days left before their high school graduation, two most excellent dudes, Bill S. Preston, Esq. (Keanu Reeves) and Ted "Theodore" Logan (Alex Winter), are on the verge of flunking history. Unless they can ace their final history report, Ted's dad will pack him off to a military academy in Alaska, meaning their band, The Wyld Stallyns, will come to a heinous end. Luckily for these wanna-be rock stars, a guardian angel from the future, Rufus (George Carlin), comes to them with a bodacious solution: a time-traversing phone booth in which they travel back to the past and round up personages of historical significance to help them with their report. Whoaa!

"Billy, you are dealing with the oddities of time travel with the greatest of ease" — Bill S. Preston, Esq. to Billy the Kid, rescued from a bar fight.

Join us before the film as Edward Farhi, a professor of physics at MIT and director of its Center for Theoretical Physics, unravels the "oddities" of time travel and weighs in on the question: Is travel through time physically possible? Dr. Farhi has studied the complexities of building a time machine, though not of the phone-booth variety.

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