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Classical Optics by Eugene Hecht

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Greg Bernhardt
Jan18-13, 09:57 PM
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  • Redbelly98:
    Over the last 30 or so years, this has become a standard textbook for an introductory optics course typically taken by college juniors or seniors. I often refer to it to refresh my background since using it for a course in 1987.
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Feb15-13, 07:55 PM
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I used this book for my lower level undergraduate Optics course. I liked it a lot. From what I remember it covers a lot for a first course on optics, has neat explanations and many problems (if I remember well, the solution to odd numbered problems are in the back of the book). I have not found any better book for an introduction to optics.
Feb15-13, 08:13 PM
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Despite having taken 2 optics courses I never got much use out of this one, which was one of the recommended texts. I thought it was way too verbose and not concise at all.

I hear the schaum's outline for optics (same author) is very good though.

Feb16-13, 12:24 AM
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Optics by Eugene Hecht

Just like Lavabug, I found the text very verbose. The figures found throughout the text are informative, though. There is a good selection of problems.

I would not use this text as a reference, but would use it to brush up on problem solving.
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Quote Quote by Lavabug View Post

I hear the schaum's outline for optics (same author) is very good though.
I kinda agree, the book is good, but I find the Schaum's more appealing and easier to find needed information.
Aug3-13, 02:44 AM
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I agree that Hecht's Optics is far too wordy. That being said, however, I found it explained (most) concepts well, if in a wordy manner. I definitely appreciated the large number of exercises!

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