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on 19 November 2009
This is by far the definitive text on optics. As far as I'm aware, every university recommends it, everyone studying physics has heard of it.
First I'll get the negative point out of the way. This book is very poorly written. The concepts aren't very well explained and occasionally you have to wonder about some of the choice of material included.
The point where this book scores the remaining four stars is in it's diagrams. I have never come across such detailed and well represented diagrams. Each diagram is meticulously presented, most commonly in isometric projection. It was a real artist who put these together, and on their own, provide enough information to make up for the text.
The final point I must make is this: The reason it is everyone's recommended text is because really, you have no choice. There is no half decent alternative (as far as I'm aware). So if you're a physics undergraduate, you have to buy it (or borrow it) because there really, really is nothing else.
But don't get me wrong - 4* is on merit. Just the quality of writing lets it down.