In general terms, optics is the science of light. More specifically, optics is a branch of physics that describes the behavior and properties of light?including visible, infrared, and ultraviolet?and the interaction of light with matter.
Optics For Dummies gives you an approachable introduction to optical science, methods, and applications. You'll get plain-English explanations of the nature of light and optical effects; reflection, refraction, and diffraction; color dispersion; optical devices, industrial, medical, and military applications; as well as laser light fundamentals.
Tracks a typical undergraduate optics course
Detailed explanations of concepts and summaries of equations
Valuable tips for study from college professors
If you're taking an optics course for your major in physics or engineering, let Optics For Dummies shed light on the subject and help you succeed!
Galen C. Duree Jr.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a thorough intro to optics if you read it all. What's lacking is a gradual approach. By pafe 10, you're into seriously difficult math, and only later is the background explained.
It is a great overview of the basics of light, what it is and how it behaves. I enjoyed the author's sense of humor. He is not as dry as professors tend to be.
Readers should be cautious about buying this misleadingly titled book. I have two reservations. The first is that there are not many "dummies" out there who would be comfortable with the heavy amount of abstract algebra and trigonometry thrown at them at the very start of the book (Chapter Two). He expects you to simply have faith that it is somehow relevant to the subject matter to follow. Why not start out with some basic simple facts about lenses and introduce the math and explain it only when it becomes necessary? But then the author even comes up with what appears to be questionable basic science. Example: in Chapter One the author announces that "In optics, only the electric field matters in almost all interactions with matter, because the electric field can do work on charged particles and the magnetic field can't." Really? Then how do electromagnetic generators work? And what about electron microscopes? For the real dummies like me, I suggest you consider a...
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