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As always, Hecht provides a good balance of theory and instrumentation, while providing readers with classical background. The writing style is lively and colorful, with historical anecdotes and citations, and at the request of previous edition users, Hecht has included about 125 new problems, designed primarily to develop students' analytic skills.
This edition of Hecht's book serves as both text and reference. It provides the reader with an understanding of many concepts through historical anecdotes and citations. Discussions of topics include developments in fiber optics, optical signal processing and Fourier analysis.
|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|
Posted February 25, 2003
I have the 4th edition for my optics class. I wonder if Hecht knows there¿s concepts behind the math. I also wonder who laid out the format of this book and if they have any touch with reality. The complete lack of any examples also disturbs me.
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