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Dr. James Woodward

Professor of History; Adjuct Professor of Physics
California State University Fullerton
800 N. State College Blvd.
Fullerton CA 92834 USA.

New setup in MH606B

A. B. Middlebury College, 1964 (Physics)
M. S. New York University, 1969 (Physics)
Ph.D. University of Denver, 1972 (History)

Office/Lab: McCarthy Hall - MH-606B
Phone: (657) 278-3596 (or physics at ext 3366)


Research Interests

Mach effect drive impulse engine- and gravitational physics.
To support Mach Effect Drive research and the exotic propulsion initiative
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Mach's Principle

Mach Effect Drive on wikipedia

Publications 1990-2000

Publications 2000-onwards

Jim's Book


Latest Papers on Mach Effect Drives

Here are the most recent papers on the Mach Effect Drive and Stargates and stardrives.
My book on Making Stargates and Starships will be out in November 2012 and is available
through amazon.

Mach's Principle, Action at a distance and Cosmology, J. Mod. Phys. 2015.

Theory of a Mach effect thruster JPC 2014 Ohio

Experimental test of a Mach effect thruster: 64th IAC-13-C4.8.4 Beijing China 2013

Experimental null test of a Mach effect thruster: J. Space Explor. Vol2. (2) 98-105 (2013)

ASPW Conference presentation 2012 (to be published online)

Flux Capacitors and the Origin of Inertia

Killing Time

Making the Universe Safe fore Historians (mathematical)

Are the past and Future really out there?

Making Stargates: the Physics of Traversable Absurdly Benign Wormholes

Twists of Fate: Can we make Traversable Wormholes in Spacetime?

STAIF conference (On older devices 01 and 02)

JPC conference paper 2001

Interstellar travel

Here are some links to others with serious interest in the problems of interstellar transport.

Dr. John Cramer of Washington University: Faculty page

Dr. Kip Thorne of Caltech, his personal website and Interstellar film website. and here's the youtube trailer

Dr. Gary Hudson and the Space Studies Institute; Link to SSI


I would like to acknowledge some of my collaborators past and current:

Tom Mahood, whose weblink is weblink

Prof. Heidi Fearn of the Physics department: link

I would like to give a special thanks to a long time collaborator and the illustrator for my new book on Making Starships and Stargates,
Nembo Buldrini. He can be contacted via email at:

Here's a link to an interesting site run by Dr Jack Sarfatti. We do not endorse anything on the site and mention it here just for interest.

Advanced Propulsion Webpages

ASPW 2012 November Huntsville AL.

STAIF II; 16-18 April 2013 Albuquerque NM.

50th AIAA JPC Cleveland Ohio 2014

ASPW 2014, Cleveland Ohio , see Wed 19th Breakthrough Propulsion.

STAIF II; April 2014 Albuquerque NM.

51st AIAA JPC Orlando Florida 2015

STAIF II, April 21-23, 2016

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