Physics & Astronomy

Optics: Volume 2 of Modern Classical Physics

A groundbreaking textbook on twenty-first-century waves of all sorts and their applications

Paperback

Price:
$45.00 / £38.00
ISBN:
Published:
04/13/2021
Copyright:
2021
Pages:
264
Size:
8 x 10 in.
Illus:
69 color + 2 b/w illus. 1 table.
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Kip Thorne and Roger Blandford’s monumental Modern Classical Physics is now available in five stand-alone volumes that make ideal textbooks for individual graduate or advanced undergraduate courses on statistical physics; optics; elasticity and fluid dynamics; plasma physics; and relativity and cosmology. Each volume teaches the fundamental concepts, emphasizes modern, real-world applications, and gives students a physical and intuitive understanding of the subject.

Optics is an essential introduction to a resurgent subject. “Optics” originally referred to the study of light, but today the field encompasses all types of waves, including electromagnetic waves, from gamma rays to radio waves; gravitational waves; and quantum waves. The past few decades have seen revolutions in optics—amazing advances in nonlinear optics technology, a growing understanding of optical phenomena throughout the natural world, and an increasing appreciation of the wide-ranging applicability of optics’ central principles. Optics shows how and why this subject—which was once a standard part of the physics curricula—should again be routinely taught to physics students, as well as to students in engineering, computer science, and the natural sciences.

  • Includes many exercise problems
  • Features color figures, suggestions for further reading, extensive cross-references, and a detailed index
  • Optional “Track 2” sections make this an ideal book for a one-quarter, half-semester, or full-semester course
  • An online illustration package is available to professors