Science and Fiction

Mission Invisible

A Novel About the Science of Light

Authors: Leonhardt, Ulf

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  • Authored by a pioneer of the science of invisibility, guaranteeing accurate scientific content
  • Humour, satire and adventure combine to provide entertainment and escape
  • Takes the reader to places off the beaten track, where scientists travel to work and confer
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Invisibility has fascinated people since time immemorial, but only a decade ago did invisibility become a serious subject of scientific investigation. This lively novel, authored by an expert in the field, takes the reader on a journey to fascinating places and - en passant - on an intellectual adventure involving some of the most fascinating subjects of optics. While enjoying the fun and action of a travel story, the reader will gain an accurate notion of the real science of invisibility, of the light and shade of the business of science, as well as glimpses into different cultures. From the first page, you will gradually become immersed in a different world, the world of the science of light. The book includes an appendix providing interested readers with deeper insights into the fundamental physics of space-time, gravity and light.


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Ulf Leonhardt received his PhD in theoretical physics from the Humboldt University of Berlin in 1993. He did his habilitation in theoretical physics at the University of Ulm in 1998. From 1998 to 2000 he was in Stockholm at the Royal Institute of Technology as a Göran-Gustafsson Fellow. He held the chair in theoretical physics at the University of St Andrews in Scotland between 2000 and 2012. In 2006, he published the first scientific paper on invisibility cloaking with metamaterials at the same time as Pendry's group published their paper in the journal Science. He has been involved with the science of cloaking objects since then.

Leonhardt is a Wolfson Research Merit Award holder from the Royal Society, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and currently holds the Murray B. Koffler Professorial Chair in physics at the Weizmann Institute of Science. He is involved in a wide range of research on geometry and light. Specific disciplines are quantum electrodynamics in media, invisibility cloaking, perfect imaging, optical analogues of the event horizon, Hawking radiation, the Casimir effect and cosmology. 


Ulf Leonhardt published one of the first scientific papers that turned invisibility from fiction into science. He is a professor of physics at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Ulf Leonhardt enjoys imaginative research that connects the practical aspects of physics with abstract ideas, thoughts and stories. He loves to find and use unusual and often unused connections across several areas of physics, from invisibility cloaking to cosmology. He lives with his family in Tel Aviv. 


Table of contents (2 chapters)

Table of contents (2 chapters)
  • Mission Invisible

    Pages 1-122

    Leonhardt, Ulf

  • Scientific Appendix

    Pages 123-144

    Leonhardt, Ulf

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Mission Invisible
Book Subtitle
A Novel About the Science of Light
Authors
Series Title
Science and Fiction
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-34634-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-34634-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-34633-1
Series ISSN
2197-1188
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 144
Number of Illustrations
43 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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