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February 1951

Fundamentals of Optics

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1951;45(2):237. doi:10.1001/archopht.1951.01700010242017

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The first edition of this text represented an advanced undergraduate course in optics. It was assumed that the student had completed a thorough course in elementary physics and was familiar with the methods of calcul[ill]s. It was considered one of the best standard texts for advanced optics.

In this second edition the authors have added 10 chapters on geometric optics, which serve the purpose of an introduction to the rest of the book for the elementary student. These are concise and well illustrated. A number of problems are given at the end of each chapter which give the book value as a text for students.

The second part of the book deals with physical optics, and the last section, with quantum optics. Both of these sections are beyond the horizon of the ophthalmologist, save for those who are advanced students of the subject and have mathematical facility.

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