Markolf H. Niemz is a full professor of biomedical engineering at Heidelberg University, founded 1386, and the author of several European bestsellers on modern science, philosophy and religion. He has a Ph.D. in physics from Heidelberg University and a Master of Science in bioengineering from UCSD, San Diego. Niemz has published several original works in optics and biomedical journals and a well-received textbook on laser-tissue interactions (Springer, New York). For his scientific work he was awarded the Karl-Freudenberg-Prize by the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences in 1995. Niemz spent several years of his life in the US (high school in Trenton, NJ; master program at UCSD; engineer at Intelligent Surgical Lasers Inc.; research fellow at Wellman Labs, Harvard Medical School). His lucid lectures and readings always attract a great audience.