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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (27 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118017234
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118017234
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2.5 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 214,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

Learn to:

  • Use optics principles and devices properly
  • Avoid common mistakes in working with typical optics problems
  • Determine image locations and characteristics with simple calculations
  • Grasp the basic concepts behind lasers and laser applications

An illuminating exploration of optics and optical technologies

Get turned on to the study of light with this friendly guide to the world of optics. Discover how the fundamentals of optical technologies help brighten your everyday life from the common table lamp to more complex devices such as cellphones, cameras, x–ray machines, 3–D TVs, and more. With the enlightening facts presented in this book, you′ll never feel left in the dark in your optics course.

  • Optics that are high in fiber get a grasp on the essentials behind fiber–optic cables for high–speed, long–distance communications
  • Making the world look like you want it to learn how to calculate the location of an image and determine the image′s characteristics
  • Shed light on light find out how light allows you to see, transmit data, cut things, and control electrical circuits
  • Catch the waves understand the wave property of light and how waves are used to see things you can′t see with your naked eye
  • Lasers pointing here and there discover the basic idea behind the laser and some of its uses in medicine and the military
  • Look far away from Earth take a look at the different types of telescopes and what you can do with them

Open the book and find:

  • The differences among incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs and diodes
  • Tips for knowing what you can and can′t see in CAT scans, PET scans, MRI scans, NMR scans, and x–ray pictures
  • Why you see things in 3–D
  • The principles for testing eyesight and prescribing corrective eyeglass lenses
  • The basic ideas involved in making a laser
  • The behavior and properties of visible, infrared, and ultraviolet light

About the Author

Galen Duree, Jr., PhD, is Professor of Physics and Optical Engineering at Rose–Hulman Institute of Technology in Indiana, where he is also the Director of the Center for Applied Optics Studies. Duree jointly established the Ultrashort Pulse Laser Laboratory at RHIT and continues to work with the Navy.


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If this one is for dummies then I dread to think what a weightier technical tome would be like. I find it difficult to follow and in places things are badly explained. The use of American English makes it more difficult too. "In back of the mirror" confounds me. Is that "in the back" or "at the back" or even "behind"? How can it be at the back of the mirror? Surely we are talking of two dimensions, not three.
Sorry, but this is definitely not for dummies (or "beginners"). I would recommend it as a good revision book for those studying physics at a higher level, say HND or BSc. but I, personally, can't cope with it.
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very easy to understand even though it is a hard subject
But I need to write another 7 words before I can submit!
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Good introduction
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HASH(0x8f4c1bf4) out of 5 stars Not really for dummies but pretty thorough 29 Mar. 2014
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This is a thorough intro to optics if you read it all. What's lacking is a gradual approach. By pafe 10, you're into seriously difficult math, and only later is the background explained.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8fdaea0c) out of 5 stars Very Good Book for Novices 25 Dec. 2013
By M. Wieczorek - Published on Amazon.com
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I like this book because it thoroughly describes the subject matter of Optics. It is for regular people who wish to understand the topic without using heavy-duty mathematics.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f5c02f4) out of 5 stars Basic optics 20 Feb. 2013
By Connie Kersten - Published on Amazon.com
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Optics are not super complicated, but we tend to shy from too much math. Simple and clear descriptions of the basic principles!
HASH(0x8fa192ac) out of 5 stars It is a great overview of the basics of light 30 Mar. 2015
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It is a great overview of the basics of light, what it is and how it behaves. I enjoyed the author's sense of humor. He is not as dry as professors tend to be.
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f8b0dd4) out of 5 stars The is a great book on optics 23 Mar. 2012
By Roy Gould - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great book about optics that covers even the fine details about the properties of light and how it interacts with material objects in our world.
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