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Optics (4th Edition)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on May 27, 2004
As an undergraduate I find this book incredibly confusing. Hecht seems to take pleasure in using fancy words and hyped up sentences when simpler statements will do. Instead of deriving equations by first starting with intuiton, then using substitution of previous results etc, he prefers to talk his way into derivations using sometimes page long reasoning. Sometimes it's Ok to let the equations speak for themselves. If this is considered the standard in optics textbooks I am afraid of opening the mess that other textbooks must be.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 1, 2003
I used this book in my undergraduate optics class. It was mostly self-taught and we met to ask questions and turn in homework. I found this book challenging but not impossible. The text is very well written and the end of chapter problems didn't require a Ph.D. to solve. I learned the most from any of my classes from this book (partly due to the teaching style of the professor). I highly recommend it if you want to learn optics.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 13, 2003
This book contains nearly everything you could want to know about basic optics. The solved problems are great.
Most of it is well written - I found parts of some chapters confusing (as did my classmates) - however considering the complexity of the material and the amount of material included, Hecht does a great job.
It would also be good to have a list of symbols used in equations at the back of the book like some other texts have. I remember tearing throught the book looking for a definition of a symbol on more than one occasion.
Having not used another book, I can make no comparisions, but according to most people, this is the book to get.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 8, 2003
I don't think you can write a more student-orinted text on the subject. *Everything* is spelled out! All the math details (eventhough it's not hard math)are there. The fourth ed. has a wealth of problems with about half of them solved, and the other half for homework. Some of the problems are re-do's of previous ones with an obvious change, but still good for practice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 29, 2004
The best thing about Hecht's book are the long and thorough discussions about every topic. This makes the book very adequate for self studying. On the other hand, it can be very incovenient if you're using to book to study for your exams (as I did). So I do recomend Hecht as a first reading in Optics, but be sure that you're not in a hurry...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 12, 2001
A nice book that covers a lot of material, but it is rather elementary (and far too long). For those physicists that know some mathematics (and that should include all of you), a much better, more concise alternative is Bekefi and Barret's "Electromagnetic Vibrations, Waves, and Radiation."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 29, 2003
Hi:
During my study ( I do have a master in Phyyics ) I bought a ton of books. Eugen Hechts Optics is one I read front to back and understood every single concept in it. I was always pretty bad in my courses only Hecht helped me to an A. This is the book to read for linear Optics.
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on December 27, 2002
This is a wonderful introduction to the field of optics for an undergraduate with some background in physics and vector calculus (ideally a student at least in his or her sophomore year). The book has been said to be somewhat on the longer side, but because of the organization of the book it is easy to skip a couple of chapters that may be better covered in labs (e.g. geometrical optics and modern optics). Hecht has a clear style, outlines the required vector calculus and the wave equation in early chapters, which prepares the student for the rest of the book. Great stuff!
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on December 5, 2014
Pretty terrible textbook; not sure why people consider it the best. The text is wordy, dense, and unclear. There are barely any examples, and the diagrams are antiquated. It may serve as a decent reference book, and the breadth is certainly there, but as a learning tool it is torturous. Introduction to Optics by Pedrotti & Pedrotti, Principles of Optics by Born & Wolfe, and Introduction to Modern Optics by Fowles are all better books, and I'm sure there are others out there.
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on January 20, 2015
For those who might wonder, yes it's the same Optics (fourth edition) but with a different cover than the hardcover version.
The pages are thinner than the hardcover version (a little bit like the Schaum's outlines Mathematical Handbook), but I got used to it and for the price it totally worth it.
I received it 7 days after the order was placed and it arrived like it was indicated.
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