Book Reviews

Progress in Nano-Electro-Optics VI

Motoichi Ohtsu, ed.

Springer Series in Optical Sciences 2008; $149.95 (hardback).

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This slim volume is the sixth in a series of monographs on nano-electro-optics. It contains five review articles devoted to nano-optical probing, manipulation and analysis. Some of the topics covered are near-field optical photolithography and nano-optical manipulation using resonant radiation force. The chapters are written by recognized experts. Each article includes a substantial up-to-date reference list together with clear diagrams and figures. The book will undoubtedly benefit those wishing to keep abreast of developments in this exciting field. The price tag is rather high, though, at almost one U.S. dollar per printed page.This slim volume is the sixth in a series of monographs on nano-electro-optics. It contains five review articles devoted to nano-optical probing, manipulation and analysis. Some of the topics covered are near-field optical photolithography and nano-optical manipulation using resonant radiation force. The chapters are written by recognized experts. Each article includes a substantial up-to-date reference list together with clear diagrams and figures. The book will undoubtedly benefit those wishing to keep abreast of developments in this exciting field. The price tag is rather high, though, at almost one U.S. dollar per printed page.

Review by K. Alan Shore, Bangor University, School of Electronic Engineering, Bangor, Wales, U.K.


Impulse Breakdown of Liquids

V. Ya. Ushakov, V.F. Klimkin, S.M. Korobeynikov

Springer 2007; $269.00 (hardcover).

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This book describes in detail the physics and optical phenomena in the pulsed electric breakdown of liquids and gas phases in liquids. In particular, it covers the propagation of pulsed discharges in liquids as well as the basic laws for impulse electric strength of liquids. Electrohydrodynamic flow and electrohydrodynamic instabilities are captured via image processing, where the high voltage pulses are either micro or nano. Discharges from bubble breakdown were captured via fast laser Schlieren photography and superfast interferometry.

This book also provides some statistical investigations with respect to discharge time lag, discharge formation time and breakdown time lag. The physical discharge ignition mechanism should be of great interest for every potential reader. The book would benefit greatly from a subject index. Nevertheless, I would highly recommend it to professionals who are involved with power systems.

Review by Axel Mainzer Koenig, CEO, 21st Century Data Analysis, a division of Koenig & Associates, Inc., Portland, Ore., U.S.A.


Quantum Enigma: Physics Encounters Consciousness

Bruce Rosenblum and Fred Kuttner

Oxford University Press, 2006; $15.95 (softcover).

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This provocative book is best suited for a general audience, such as undergraduate non-physics majors. The subtitle is misleading, since the bulk of the book does not address consciousness, but instead presents simple discussions of paradoxes and the concepts of locality, entanglement and superposition that arise in the various interpretations of quantum mechanics.

The authors present descriptive treatments of Bohr’s Copenhagen interpretation; Einstein’s criticisms; the Einstein, Podolsky, Rosen paper of 1935; Bohr’s response; and John Bell’s Theorem. There are figures and an index. The lack of references to the original papers and in support of the unsubstantiated quotes, premises and claims weaken the utility of this interesting book.

Review by Barry R. Masters, OSA Fellow, SPIE Fellow, department of biological engineering, MIT, Cambridge, Mass., U.S.A.


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