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Optics for Dummies

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The easy way to shed light on OpticsIn general terms, optics is the science of light. Morespecifically, optics is a branch of physics that describes thebehavior and properties of light?including visible, infrared, andultraviolet?and the interaction of light with matter.

Optics For Dummies gives you an approachable introductionto optical science, methods, and applications. Y
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Paperback, 336 pages
Published August 2nd 2011 by For Dummies (first published July 12th 2011)
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Bart
Mar 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
This book suffers from a question that might have been asked when it was pitched to the publisher: What sort of "dummy" reads about optics?

While there are interesting theoretical explanations for optics and what they can be used for, this book covers very few in its first 150 pages, preferring instead to hammer its reader with matrix algebra equations and passages like:

Certain materials have two indexes of refraction, a characteristic known as birefringence. Each index of refraction corresponds
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