- Series: Oxford Science Publications
- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 3 edition (November 23, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0198501765
- ISBN-13: 978-0198501763
- Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 1 x 5.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #364,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Quantum Theory of Light (Oxford Science Publications) 3rd Edition
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The clarity of the explanations - and the math - has kept editions of this book beside me for decades.
So if you're looking for a handbook to give you a simple tour of the mathematics in the quantum theory of light, this is the book for you. If you're looking for a more comprehensive treatment, look elsewhere. The selection of topics is very limited: too little math for a theorist, and too little physics for the experimentalist.
I particularly like the progression from old quantum theory to semiclassical theory to the fully quantized theory. It emphasizes the useful aspects of each theory, in particular the usefulness of the old theory in terms of simplicity and accuracy in many situations. History may not always be the best approach to science, but it works if you emphasize the usefulness of simple models and how they follow from more sophisticated models.