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Classical Optics by Eugene Hecht

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  1. Jan 18, 2013 #1

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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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  3. Feb 15, 2013 #2


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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.
  4. Feb 15, 2013 #3
    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.
  5. Feb 16, 2013 #4
    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.
  6. Feb 16, 2013 #5

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    I kinda agree, the book is good, but I find the Schaum's more appealing and easier to find needed information.
  7. Aug 3, 2013 #6
    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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