Scientific resource on controversial physics topic of quantum tunneling

January 24, 2008

Without relying heavily on mathematics or definitions, renowned researchers in the field explain the fundamental principals in the study of quantum tunneling, the proposed process behind the Big Bang and other physical theories, principals and studies such as nuclear fusion, in the book Zero Time Space: How quantum tunneling broke the light speed barrier.

The findings presented throughout the book challenge the scientific basis of Einstein's Theory of Special Relativity, a popular area of research and discussion that explores the various relationships between the speed of light and space and time.

Lead author Günter Nimtz, who earned his Ph.D. in philosophy and physics from the University of Vienna, and coauthor Astrid Haibel, who currently works at the Hahn-Meitner Institute in Berlin in the Department of Materials Science, tie their groundbreaking findings to other areas of physics, such as solid state physics, by providing the history of the field from classical to quantum mechanics.

The authors link recent innovations to such popular topics as wormholes, a theoretical shortcut through space and time, and the reason against the possibility of time travel.

The book even touches on space exploration through a forward by astronaut Ulrich Walter, science team member of the D-2 Space Shuttle Mission, and by revisiting a 1992 experiment in which Günter Nimtz and colleagues transmitted Mozart's Symphony No.40 at 4.7 times the speed of light through a tunneling barrier.

These explanations demystify the physical likelihood of futuristic space travel such as "warp speed," a faster-than-light flight technology found in the famous American television show Star Trek.
Zero Time Space: How quantum tunneling broke the light speed barrier is available in print and online at


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