Optics / Edition 4by Eugene Hecht
Pub. Date: 08/02/2001
Accurate, authoritative and comprehensive, Optics, Fourth Edition has been revised to provide readers with the most up-to-date coverage of optics. The market leader for over a decade, this book provides a balance of theory and instrumentation, while also including the necessary classical background. The writing style is lively and accessible. See more details below
Accurate, authoritative and comprehensive, Optics, Fourth Edition has been revised to provide readers with the most up-to-date coverage of optics. The market leader for over a decade, this book provides a balance of theory and instrumentation, while also including the necessary classical background. The writing style is lively and accessible.
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Table of Contents
|1||A Brief History||1|
|3||Electromagnetic Theory, Photons, and Light||37|
|4||The Propagation of Light||85|
|6||More on Geometrical Optics||247|
|7||The Superposition of Waves||285|
|12||Basics of Coherence Theory||554|
|13||Modern Optics: Lasers and Other Topics||575|
|Solutions to Selected Problems||654|
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As a practicing engineer, this book provides an excellent reference. The breadth of material is extraordinary. As an introduction to the subject, it might be difficult to read alone without guidance. There are numerous references to books with more detail on the subjects.
The other fairly negative reviews are relatively accurate about this book. Yes, I am sure Hecht is unclear with many of the subjects he covered. One person simply cannot be an expert at EM theory, thin film, lasers, waveguides, instrumentation, and Fourier optics, etc. I understand that there's plenty of room for improvement, but as for now, I think Hecht's text book gets the job done as a source that everyone can refer to. If Hecht was to cover everything in clear mathematical detail, this text would at least be the size of a full set of encyclopedias. So, just read on and take some things at face value if time does not allow for other sources.
I get the impression that Hecht is not clear himself on many of the concepts. My view is if you have mastered the topic, you should be able to explain it to your 15 year old kid. Keep studying Hecht. Maybe someday you will figure it out and update, probably version 35 by then.