I love stuff like this.
- The flux capacitor is the core component of Dr. Brown’s fictional time traveling De Lorean in the popular 1985 movie Back to the Future, its two sequels, and its animated series. We learn from Doc Brown that the flux capacitor “is what makes time travel possible.”…..Although “flux capacitor” is a fictitious term, the phrase has appeared in more serious contexts. US patent number 6084285 describes a “lateral flux capacitor having fractal-shaped perimeters,” the idea being to make a capacitor in an integrated circuit some of whose capacitance exists between two conductors on a single layer (hence, “lateral”). The device is not a lateral (flux capacitor) but a (lateral flux) capacitor.
The amusing thing to me is how that article is written so seriously. And the whole mistique surrounding the flux capacitor itself. Supposidly, if one were to slap one of these puppies onto anything, it would therefore automatically become a time machine.
As a side note, this is one of the most fantastic resources I’ve ever seen.