Zero Time Space: How Quantum Tunneling Broke the Light Speed BarrierISBN: 9783527407354
166 pages
March 2008

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 stepbystep 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 à la Star Trek.
With a foreword by astronaut Ulrich Walter, science team member of the D2 Space Shuttle Mission.
Measures of Time and Space
Time in Biology
Velocity
Faster than Light and Zero Time Phenomena
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 HahnMeitner Institute in Berlin in the Department of Materials Science.
(Bettina Schwoch, Associated Press)
"The authors succeed perfectly in presenting the tunnel effect in a readily understandable way, after first defining the basic terms space, time and speed. This work almost entirely without formulas is comprehensible for readers having only a basic knowledge of atomic physics and may be recommended as a supplement to more comprehensive books on the topics."
(Michael Mücke, ekzInformationsdienst)
" ... this small book presents the latest results on the tunnel effect in a very understandable way, results that do not destroy the scientist's view of the world, but expand it in a surprising way, urging one to think again. I hope this book ... reaches a wide public, not least because it strikingly demonstrates what pure research is and what it can show us."
(H. Baumgärtel, FU Berlin, Zeitschrift für Physikalische Chemie 2004)
"Although this book may sometimes be lacking in scientific depth due to the large amount of interconnections and examples given, it wins in terms of enthusiasm and the urge to research. It is this enthusiasm for physics that this book knows how to strongly convey."
(Kai Dieckmann, Munich, Physik in unserer Zeit 5/2004)
"The team of authors sensitively introduces the reader to the world of quantum physics. Nimtz and Haibel explain to the reader stepbystep the prerequisites for the tunnel effect to function. However, in the end they realize that Einstein's Theory of Relativity applies to all processes faster than the speed of light and that it is impossible to design a time machine that would allow changes to the past. On the whole, anyone interested in natural science will really enjoy this book."
–Bettina Schwoch, Associated Press
"The authors succeed perfectly in presenting the tunnel effect in a readily understandable way, after first defining the basic terms space, time and speed. This work almost entirely without formulas is comprehensible for readers having only a basic knowledge of atomic physics and may be recommended as a supplement to more comprehensive books on the topics."
–Michael Mücke, ekzInformationsdienst
" ... this small book presents the latest results on the tunnel effect in a very understandable way, results that do not destroy the scientist's view of the world, but expand it in a surprising way, urging one to think again. I hope this book ... reaches a wide public, not least because it strikingly demonstrates what pure research is and what it can show us."
–H. Baumgärtel, FU Berlin, Zeitschrift für Physikalische Chemie 2004
"Although this book may sometimes be lacking in scientific depth due to the large amount of interconnections and examples given, it wins in terms of enthusiasm and the urge to research. It is this enthusiasm for physics that this book knows how to strongly convey."
–Kai Dieckmann, Munich, Physik in unserer Zeit, 5/2004