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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (25 Dec. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691139911
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691139913
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.3 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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Because of its emphasis on correctly approaching the way physical measurements should be made, "The Optics of Life" has something to offer anyone whose research directly or tangentially involves light. More than a biologist's guide to light in nature, this book is a guide for any scientist interested in optics and the world around us. -- "Physics Today

This book is written in an entertaining style so it is a pleasure to read. Each chapter starts with a thought-provoking quote, and ends with an amusing and interesting anecdote or reverie. My favorite chapters contain illuminating discussions on scattering, scattering with interference, absorbance, and transparency.--John E. Steffen "Integrative and Comparative Biology "

Anyone interested in this subfield who lacks a background in the subject would be well-advised to read this book first. Johnsen masterfully guides the reader through a fascinating area of applied optics which has been very active in recent decades. It contains many useful examples drawn from nature and everyday life. It will be of interest to a variety of readers, from undergraduate students in biology to curious researchers looking for a greater understanding of nature.--Christian Brosseau "Optics & Photonics News "

I am grateful to this book for forcing me to come to terms with a number of aspects of light that I had been delinquent enough to ignore, and in a way that was a pleasure--like a long walk in hilly country.--Michael F. Land "Current Biology "


This book is written in an entertaining style so it is a pleasure to read. Each chapter starts with a thought-provoking quote, and ends with an amusing and interesting anecdote or reverie. My favorite chapters contain illuminating discussions on scattering, scattering with interference, absorbance, and transparency.
--John E. Steffen "Integrative and Comparative Biology "


[V]isual ecology and physiology have become significantly productive subdisciplines in biology. . . . S nke Johnsen serves as a conduit between these two fields, as he gracefully presents the physical principles of optics in a simplifying manner that makes the reader want to apply new found knowledge to their own research.
--John E. Steffen "Integrative and Comparative Biology "


Anyone interested in this subfield who lacks a background in the subject would be well-advised to read this book first. Johnsen masterfully guides the reader through a fascinating area of applied optics which has been very active in recent decades. It contains many useful examples drawn from nature and everyday life. It will be of interest to a variety of readers, from undergraduate students in biology to curious researchers looking for a greater understanding of nature.
--Christian Brosseau "Optics & Photonics News "


I am grateful to this book for forcing me to come to terms with a number of aspects of light that I had been delinquent enough to ignore, and in a way that was a pleasure--like a long walk in hilly country.
--Michael F. Land "Current Biology "

[W]hat Johnsen knows and communicates clearly is fundamental and important to life. It seems to me that ornithologists who read this book and master this material will be well poised to make the next generation of discoveries about the Optics of Ornithology.--Richard O. Prum "Wilson Journal of Ornithology "

[V]isual ecology and physiology have become significantly productive subdisciplines in biology. . . . Sonke Johnsen serves as a conduit between these two fields, as he gracefully presents the physical principles of optics in a simplifying manner that makes the reader want to apply new found knowledge to their own research.--John E. Steffen "Integrative and Comparative Biology "

One of "Choice"'s Outstanding Academic Titles for 2012


One of "Choice"'s Outstanding Academic Titles for 2012


One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 2012

"Because of its emphasis on correctly approaching the way physical measurements should be made, The Optics of Life has something to offer anyone whose research directly or tangentially involves light. More than a biologist's guide to light in nature, this book is a guide for any scientist interested in optics and the world around us."--Physics Today

"Johnsen has written an excellent, readable, practical, and greatly entertaining introductory book on light and its applications in the biological sciences, including ecology. . . . Johnsen takes the point of view that some aspects of light are best described using the ideas from wave mechanics while other aspects are best addressed using particle mechanics."--Choice

"This book is written in an entertaining style so it is a pleasure to read. Each chapter starts with a thought-provoking quote, and ends with an amusing and interesting anecdote or reverie. My favorite chapters contain illuminating discussions on scattering, scattering with interference, absorbance, and transparency."--John E. Steffen, Integrative and Comparative Biology

"Anyone interested in this subfield who lacks a background in the subject would be well-advised to read this book first. Johnsen masterfully guides the reader through a fascinating area of applied optics which has been very active in recent decades. It contains many useful examples drawn from nature and everyday life. It will be of interest to a variety of readers, from undergraduate students in biology to curious researchers looking for a greater understanding of nature."--Christian Brosseau, Optics & Photonics News

"I am grateful to this book for forcing me to come to terms with a number of aspects of light that I had been delinquent enough to ignore, and in a way that was a pleasure--like a long walk in hilly country."--Michael F. Land, Current Biology

"[W]hat Johnsen knows and communicates clearly is fundamental and important to life. It seems to me that ornithologists who read this book and master this material will be well poised to make the next generation of discoveries about the Optics of Ornithology."--Richard O. Prum, Wilson Journal of Ornithology

"Johnsen has provided a veritable mine of information. . . . [T]he feel of the book: detailed, indepth and precise; not for the beginner."--Peter Thomas, Bulletin of the British Ecology Society

"I recommend Johnsen's account of light in nature to one group of readers in particular: those about to embark on a textbook of their own. From the first sentence . . . this is a model of how to infuse high-level scientific information with colour, humanity and even humour."--Bernard Dixon, Biologist

"[V]isual ecology and physiology have become significantly productive subdisciplines in biology. . . . Sonke Johnsen serves as a conduit between these two fields, as he gracefully presents the physical principles of optics in a simplifying manner that makes the reader want to apply new found knowledge to their own research."--John E. Steffen, Integrative and Comparative Biology

-Because of its emphasis on correctly approaching the way physical measurements should be made, The Optics of Life has something to offer anyone whose research directly or tangentially involves light. More than a biologist's guide to light in nature, this book is a guide for any scientist interested in optics and the world around us.---Physics Today

-Johnsen has written an excellent, readable, practical, and greatly entertaining introductory book on light and its applications in the biological sciences, including ecology. . . . Johnsen takes the point of view that some aspects of light are best described using the ideas from wave mechanics while other aspects are best addressed using particle mechanics.---Choice

-This book is written in an entertaining style so it is a pleasure to read. Each chapter starts with a thought-provoking quote, and ends with an amusing and interesting anecdote or reverie. My favorite chapters contain illuminating discussions on scattering, scattering with interference, absorbance, and transparency.---John E. Steffen, Integrative and Comparative Biology

-[V]isual ecology and physiology have become significantly productive subdisciplines in biology. . . . Sonke Johnsen serves as a conduit between these two fields, as he gracefully presents the physical principles of optics in a simplifying manner that makes the reader want to apply new found knowledge to their own research.---John E. Steffen, Integrative and Comparative Biology

-Anyone interested in this subfield who lacks a background in the subject would be well-advised to read this book first. Johnsen masterfully guides the reader through a fascinating area of applied optics which has been very active in recent decades. It contains many useful examples drawn from nature and everyday life. It will be of interest to a variety of readers, from undergraduate students in biology to curious researchers looking for a greater understanding of nature.---Christian Brosseau, Optics & Photonics News

-I am grateful to this book for forcing me to come to terms with a number of aspects of light that I had been delinquent enough to ignore, and in a way that was a pleasure--like a long walk in hilly country.---Michael F. Land, Current Biology

-[W]hat Johnsen knows and communicates clearly is fundamental and important to life. It seems to me that ornithologists who read this book and master this material will be well poised to make the next generation of discoveries about the Optics of Ornithology.---Richard O. Prum, Wilson Journal of Ornithology

-Johnsen has provided a veritable mine of information. . . . [T]he feel of the book: detailed, indepth and precise; not for the beginner.---Peter Thomas, Bulletin of the British Ecology Society

-I recommend Johnsen's account of light in nature to one group of readers in particular: those about to embark on a textbook of their own. From the first sentence . . . this is a model of how to infuse high-level scientific information with colour, humanity and even humour.---Bernard Dixon, Biologist

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"This book provides just about everything one needs to know about biological optics, from the nature of light and its transmission to intensity, color, and polarization properties and their consequences. It is informal yet detailed, and will be easily accessible to anyone interested in biological optics, environmental optics, and animal or human vision. I highly recommend it."--John A. Endler, professor of sensory ecology and evolution, Deakin University

"The Optics of Life provides a user-friendly introduction to the physics and measurement of light. From plant physiologists working on photosynthesis to visual scientists stimulating eyes with light, many biologists will benefit greatly from the wisdom and insight provided in this book. The Optics of Life is a major contribution to the field, and will no doubt become a classic."--Eric Warrant, Lund University, Sweden

"This is a gem of a book. It's the one I wish I had when I was starting out in photoecology--it would have saved me a lot of pain. The style is very entertaining and the material is wonderfully practical and down-to-earth. Every biologist should read it."--Edith A. Widder, CEO and senior scientist, Ocean Research and Conservation Association

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