The Optics of Life: A Biologist's Guide to Light in Nature
Princeton University Press, 2011; $99.50 (hardcover).
Biological optics is an interesting and enjoyable area to study. However, it does require some prior knowledge of the basic principles of optics. Anyone interested in this subfield who lacks a background in the subject would be well-advised to read this book first. Johnsen masterfully guides the reader through a fascinating area of applied optics which has been very active in recent decades. It contains many useful examples drawn from nature and everyday life. It will be of interest to a variety of readers, from undergraduate students in biology to curious researchers looking for a greater understanding of nature.
Review by Christian Brosseau, OSA Fellow and professor of physics at the Université de Bretagne Occidentale in Brest, France.
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