This English edition of a successful, proven title provides a sound scientific background, while allowing a popular presentation of the physics behind the strange and mysterious tunneling process. Based on his groundbreaking experiments, Prof Nimtz places the topic in a broader context by showing connections with other branches of physics. He and the team of authors begin by introducing such fundamental concepts as space and time and continue with tunneling phenomena from optics, nuclear and solid state physics. Avoiding mathematical equations and definitions altogether, they explain step-by-step the prerequisites for the tunnel effect to function, from classical mechanics to quantum mechanics, right up to modern topics, such as wormholes and space travel a la Star Trek. With a foreword by astronaut Ulrich Walter, science team member of the D-2 Space Shuttle Mission.
After a diploma in electrical engineering, Gunther Nimtz moved to the University of Vienna were he received his doctorate in physics and philosophy. Back in Germany he finished his habilitation in physics and in 1977 accepted a position as research associate at McGill University, Canada. From 1983 until his retirement he held a professorship at the University of Cologne. Astrid Haibel finished her PhD thesis at the University of Cologne about the topic of Signal Propagation in Photonic Barriers. She is currently working at the Hahn-Meitner Institute in Berlin in the Department of Materials Science.