Optics Hardcover – 2 Aug 2001
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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.
However, although the content of the book is most useful, this fourth international edition paperback is of very lousy print quality, and the cover and pages are very flimsy. Quite a disappointment, as I am afraid the book will not last very long when used intensively.
Another thing I do not understand is why the title and author are so inconspicuously printed on the cover. One would think the book is titled "PEARSON NEW INTERNATIONAL EDITION."
This book is the international edition, and is suppose to be easier on student pockets. The book is very well bound for a paper back and the paper quality is impressive. The size of the text and the many, many graphs and illustrations is friendly to those of us wearing specs.
* Target audience; A-level, H.N.D, undergraduate, post - graduate?
I.M.H.O This book is aimed at first to second year science / engineering type first degree. It covers wave motion / Electromagnetive theory / the nature of light / Optics / Polarization / interference / Diffraction / Fourier Optics / Basic coherence / Modern Optics Lasers. This book has a very wide spread of descriptive information, but its done at a curtailment of depth in some ways, certainly in the earlier pages and chapters. The book does not get into an enjoyable descriptive gear until the very good explanation of Polarization and diffraction of light (Chapters 7+). It expends many pages going into 'Supposition of Waves', then leading into an entirely enjoyable scientific development into Interferometers and diffractions and there uses. From then on its a good read.
* How is the style of writing?
To be honest, I read the book cover-to-cover twice, and certain chapters several times to take it in. The way its designed gives a very wide overview, but sometimes I wanted a more directed, focused approach could have been as helpful. The mathematical components earlier on may intimidate (analytical ray tracing, p 248), but its not as bad as it may first seem. The later stuff on Fourier is particularly well done. It could be these are required for background to higher studies rather than for Q.E.D at which I was aiming for?Read more ›
This is about 20 years old in the version I bought. It's been updated many times over the years. I first studied it about 25 years ago, so this was an update for me :)
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