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From the PublisherFrom reviews of the First Edition...
"...an admirable clear account...a monograph which is required reading for all those working on aquatic photosynthesis and productivity." New Phytologist
From reviews of the current edition...
"Light and Photosynthesis is a primer: one of the prices of admission to the field. The pages of my copy of the paperback first edition, which appeared in 1983, are dog-eared, soiled, and crumpled from the many consultations over the elapsed decade by my students as well as myself. It has been used for research, for lectures, and also for assigned reading in optical and biological oceanography courses. This edition is 25% longer than the first and contains approximately 80% more references to the primary literature. It is handily mapped with indices to symbols, organisms, water bodies, and subjects. The text is one of a kind--there are no competitors." J. Ramus, BioScience
"This new edition is nicely updated and richly referenced, providing extensive coverage of the physics of light and its capture by plants in the aquatic environment....an invaluable, detailed resource." Choice
"...essential reading for any student in biological oceanography and limnology....The scientific community owes John Kirk a debt of gratitude for laboring so long and with such loving care to produce a textbook that will surely stand as a classic in its field." Paul Falkowski, Quarterly Review of Biology
"...wonderful book. The worth of any library book can be judged by how much it has been signed out. In the first edition of Kirk's book, held in the Rosenstiel School's library, it has been checked out virtually constantly since 1985! I have no doubt that the second edition will see similar usage." William M. Balch, Bulletin of Marine Science