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Modern Classical Optics (Physics) Hardcover – October 9, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0198599647 ISBN-10: 0198599641
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Editorial Reviews


`I regard this book as a gem that not only should be used as a text but should also be a reference in labs, both academic and industrial, around the world where optical techniques are used.' Robert Glosser, Professor of Physics at University of Texas, Dallas

`A thoroughly excellent textbook and I look forward to being able to recommend it to my students... conventional topics are presented in an unconventional way ... the author has thought long and hard as to how best teach a variety of topics. This will make it a unique and valuable addition to the books currently in use at universities.' Ifan Hughes, Department of Physics at University of Durham

About the Author

G.A.Brooker, University Lecturer in the Department of Physics, Oxford University; Fellow and Tutor of Wadham College, Oxford. Held a Post-doctoral Fellowship at Harvard University in the years 1964-67 working in the then-new field of laser physics, followed by a Post-doctoral Fellowship in the Department of Physics, Oxford from 1967-69 working on measurements of electro-optic coefficients of transparent crystals and a Fellowship by Special Election at Wadham College, Oxford from 1969-70.

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Product Details

  • Series: Physics (Book 8)
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (October 9, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198599641
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198599647
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 1.1 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,452,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Steven J. Wojtczuk on February 9, 2006
Format: Paperback
Born and Wolf is a classic, but tough sledding at times. If it is a common topic in optics, you probably will prefer reading about it here instead. This book has a nice conversational tone, gives insight, and is reasonably detailed (but not exhaustive). It includes a lot of practical advice in small-type paragraphs in margins throughout the book (for example, the chapter on thin films notes that the refractive index can often vary with deposition method, etc.).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By W Boudville HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 27, 2013
Format: Paperback
To follow up on the other reviewer's remark about the conversational tone of this book - Yes. This is aided by the author's extensive use of sidenotes. Something that has largely fallen out of fashion in recent decades. The copious white space at the edges of the pages is put to good use. In smaller print, the author makes informal asides about the main narrative that at times enhances the understanding of the reader.

A good pedagogy that does not detract from your overall reading. But one that you might want to take advantage of.

Though having said that, if you are majoring in optics, you should still get a copy of Born and Wolf, Principles of Optics: Electromagnetic Theory of Propagation, Interference and Diffraction of Light, or Hecht and Zajac, Optics (4th Edition), for a more extensive and definitive text.
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