I am not sure why this book is so popular and in use in undergraduate optics courses. Treatment is sometimes difficult to follow and frankly I can't put my finger on the reason. I guess the author is just too verbose for my tastes. The best part of this book is in the first chapter when he gives a nice history of optics.
I DO however recommend his Schaum's outline Schaum's Outline of Optics which is very useful to give you practice. I prefer Fowles book Introduction to Modern Optics (Dover Books on Physics) which is at the same level although there are fewer algebra steps shown.
Actually, I'd personally recommend Guenther's book Modern Optics instead of this one if you really wanted a modern dive into an old subject.
- Hardcover: 680 pages
- Publisher: Pearson; 4 edition (2 August 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780805385663
- ISBN-13: 978-0805385663
- ASIN: 0805385665
- Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 4.1 x 23.4 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 1.4 Kg
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