This volume is a survey of the emerging field of adaptive lenses. Researchers hope to use this technology to replace an array of fixed focal length lenses with a single variable focal length lens in a compact, inexpensive device. Adaptive lenses will become increasingly important in both scientific and commercial applications.
The authors are very active contributors to the subject area of adaptive lenses. Their book presents a wide array of related devices. The description of each is very thorough and well-referenced. Ren and Wu have made liberal use of diagrams and images, making the book easy to understand. Readers will find it stimulating and informative.
Review by Albert C. Claus, physics department at Loyola University, Chicago, Ill., U.S.A.
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