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 the groundbreaking experiments of author Gunter Nimtz, the topic is placed in a broader context by showing connections with other branches of physics. the 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–sstep 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 Start Trek. The text is accompanied by a foreword written by astronaut Ulrich Weather, Science team member of the D–2 Space Shuttle Mission.
Voices on the German Edition:
"The team of authors sensitively introduces the reader to the world of quantum physics. Nimtz and Haibel explain to the reader step–by–step the prerequisites from the tunnel effect to function. ... On the whole, anyone interested in natural science will really enjoy this book." – Associated Press
"...this small book presents the latest results on the tunnel effect in a very understandable way, results that do not destroy the scientists′ view of the world, but expand it in a surprising way, urging one to think again. ...its strikingly demonstrates what pure research is and what it can show us." Zeitschrift fur Physikalische Chemie