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September 1953

Introduction to Geometrical and Physical Optics.

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1953;50(3):400. doi:10.1001/archopht.1953.00920030407034

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The mathematical treatment of optics is apparently being deemphasized in ophthalmology, as witnessed by the appearance of several recent books, such as Lancaster's, which are receiving great popularity. There are some readers, however, particularly those of an older school, who feel that this has gone too far, and that if for no other reason than mental discipline, geometrical optics should be presented to the student of ophthalmology purely from the point of view of analytical geometry and calculus. For those with this leaning the text by Morgan will be welcomed. The book presupposes a knowledge of general college physics and analytical geometry. The use of the calculus is not essential, but the author has employed this treatment in developing his thesis by presenting the noncalculus development on the left side of certain double-column pages in giving the parallel calculus development on the corresponding right side of the page. The student

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