This re-issued facsimile book was previously published in 2006 by Pearson Education, Inc. This book is very suitable for undergraduate students with a basic knowledge of matrix algebra and is also recommended for engineers who require a broad fundamental knowledge of optics for their design and construction of optical instruments (for example, optical medical devices).

The foundations of geometrical and physical optics are clearly developed through the integration of text and well-designed diagrams and figures, in-chapter worked-out problems, and 600 end-of-chapter problems that readers can use to evaluate their depth of understanding of the physics.

This book provides a comprehensive yet broad background for further studies in nonlinear optics, quantum optics, and photonics. There are answers to selected problems and a detailed index. Key references (up to 2006) and an index are provided. The references for each chapter are carefully selected classics; however, many refer to dated first editions of books. This is not a significant problem since the reader can easily obtain copies of the latest editions of the references—for example, Goodman’s Introduction to Fourier Optics, Fourth Edition (2017).

Review by Barry R. Masters, Fellow of AAAS, OSA and SPIE

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