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Principles of Optics
Born and Wolf Principles of Optics 2019 cover.jpg
Cover of the 2019 60th Anniversary Edition
AuthorMax Born and Emil Wolf
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
SubjectOptics
PublisherPergamon Press
Publication date
1959 (1st ed.)
Pages852
ISBN978-1-108-47743-7 Hardcover
OCLC1129406200
535
LC ClassQC351
All identifiers refer to the Seventh Anniversary Edition, published in 2019 by the Cambridge University Press with a foreword by Peter Knight
Born in the 1930s

Principles of Optics, colloquially known as Born and Wolf, is an optics textbook written by Max Born and Emil Wolf that was initially published in 1959 by Pergamon Press. After going through six editions with Pergamon Press, the book was reissued by Cambridge University Press in 1997, who subsequently issued an expanded seventh edition two years later. It is considered a classic science book and one of the most influential optics books of the twentieth century.[1]

Background[edit]

Born had previously written a textbook on the subject in German, Optik [Optics], in 1933 and began looking for a coauthor for an updated English version of the textbook, to be published in the early 1950s.[2] Emil Wolf was chosen to help modernize Born's textbook, and the changes were significant enough, increasing the book by over 350 pages, for it to be released as a new title.[2] The initial edition of the book was released in 1959, prior to the discovery of the laser.[2]

Content[edit]

Table of contents (7th anniversary ed.)
Chapter Title
I Basic properties of the electromagnetic field
II Electromagnetic potentials and polarization
III Foundations of geometrical optics
IV Geometrical theory of optical imaging
V Geometrical theory of aberrations
VI Image-forming instruments
VII Elements of the theory of interference and interferometers
VIII Elements of the theory of diffraction
IX The diffraction theory of aberrations
X Interference and diffraction with partially coherent light
XI Rigorous diffraction theory
XII Diffraction of light by ultrasonic waves
XIII Scattering from inhomogeneous media
XIV Optics of metals
XV Optics of crystals

Reception[edit]

The seventh edition was reviewed by Peter W. Milonni,[1] Eugene Hecht,[2] and William Maxwell Steen.[3] Previous editions of the book were reviewed by Léon Rosenfeld,[4] Walter Thompson Welford,[5] John D. Strong,[6] and Edgar Adrian,[7] among others.[8][9][10][11][12]

Peter W. Milonni opened his review of the book by endorsing the book's dust jacket description, stating it is "one of the classic science books of the twentieth century, and probably the most influential book in optics published in the past 40 years."[1]

Eugene Hecht opened his review of the book by comparing the task to reviewing The Odyssey, in that it "cannot be approached without a certain awe and the foreknowledge that whatever you say is essentially irrelevant".[2] Hecht then summarizes his own review, in order to help "anyone who hasn’t the time to read the rest of this essay" by stating: "Principles of Optics is a great book, the seventh edition is a fine one, and if you work in the field you probably ought to own it."[2] Hecht went on to state that the book "is a great, rigorous, ponderous, unwavering mathematical tract that deals with a wealth of topics in classical optics."[2] He noted that the book can be hard to understand; he wrote: "This is a tour de force, never meant for easy reading."[2] After analyzing some of the changes to the new edition, Hecht ended the review with the same summary as the introduction, emphasizing again that "if you work in the field you probably ought to own it".[2]

Publication history[edit]

The book was initially published in 1959 by Pergamon Press, with revised editions in 1964, 1965, 1970, and 1975.[13] The fifth edition was also reprinted in 1975 and 1977, followed by a sixth edition in 1980.[13] Between 1983 and 1993, the sixth edition of the book was reprinted seven times.[14] Some of these reprints, including in the years 1983 and 1986, included corrections.[13] The book was then reissued by Cambridge University Press in 1997, followed by the publication of an expanded seventh edition in 1999 with a corrected reprint published in 2002.[14] The Seventh Anniversary Edition, published in 2019, was released sixty years after the first edition and twenty years after the initial publication of the seventh edition.[14]

Original editions[edit]

  1. Born, Max; Wolf, Emil (1959). Principles of optics: electromagnetic theory of propagation, interference and diffraction of light (1st ed.). London; New York; Paris: Pergamon Press. OCLC 489691506.
  2. Born, Max; Wolf, Emil (1964). Principles of optics; electromagnetic theory of propagation, interference and diffraction of light (2nd rev. ed.). New York: Pergamon Press. OCLC 606624742.
  3. Born, Max; Wolf, Emil (1965). Principles of optics; electromagnetic theory of propagation, interference and diffraction of light (3rd rev. ed.). Oxford; London; Edinburgh: Pergamon Press. OCLC 935495986.
  4. Born, Max; Wolf, Emil (1970). Principles of optics; electromagnetic theory of propagation, interference, and diffraction of light (4th rev. ed.). Oxford; New York: Pergamon Press. ISBN 978-0-08-013987-6. OCLC 45634897.
  5. Born, Max; Wolf, Emil (1975). Principles of optics; electromagnetic theory of propagation, interference, and diffraction of light (5th rev. ed.). Oxford: Pergamon Press. ISBN 0-08-018018-3. OCLC 1219238.
  6. Born, Max; Wolf, Emil (1980). Principles of optics : electromagnetic theory of propagation, interference and diffraction of light (6th ed.). Oxford; New York: Pergamon Press. ISBN 0-08-026482-4. OCLC 7106160.
  7. Born, Max; Wolf, Emil (1999). Principles of optics: electromagnetic theory of propagation, interference and diffraction of light (7th expanded ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-64222-1. OCLC 1151058062.

Reprints[edit]

Translations[edit]

  • Born, Max; Wolf, Emil (1964). Principles of optics: electromagnetic theory of propagation, interference and diffraction of light (in German) (2nd ed.). OCLC 602594135.
  • Born, Max; Wolf, Emil (1965). Principles of optics elektromagnetic theory of propagation, interference and diffraction of light (in German) (3rd ed.). OCLC 610951371.
  • Born, Max; Wolf, Emil; Bhatia, A. B (1965). Principles of optics: electromagnetic theory of propagation, interference and diffraction of light (in Italian). Oxford: Pergamon Press. OCLC 878702542.
  • Born, Max; Wolf, Emil (1975). Kansho oyobi kaisetsu (in Japanese). Kusakawa, Toru 1943., Yokota, Hideshi 1936., 草川, 徹 1943, 横田, 英嗣 1936. 東海大学出版会. ISBN 4-486-00757-3. OCLC 959685860.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Milonni, Peter W. (2000). "Book Review: Principles of Optics. By Max Born and Emil Wolf. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 1999, 985 pp". Foundations of Physics. 30 (8): 1325–1326. doi:10.1023/A:1017296724276. S2CID 189838261.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Hecht, Eugene (October 2000). "Principles of Optics: Electromagnetic Theory of Propagation, Interference and Diffraction of Light". Physics Today. 53 (10): 77–78. Bibcode:2000PhT....53j..77B. doi:10.1063/1.1325200. ISSN 0031-9228.
  3. ^ Steen, William M. (July 2000). "Principles of Optics M. Born and E. Wolf, 7th (expanded) edition, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1999, 952pp. 37.50/US $59.95, ISBN 0-521-64222-1". Optics & Laser Technology. 32 (5): 385. doi:10.1016/S0030-3992(00)00061-X.
  4. ^ Rosenfeld, L. (February 1960). "Principles of optics. Electromagnetic theory of propagation, interference and diffraction of light". Nuclear Physics. 15: 531. doi:10.1016/0029-5582(60)90353-9.
  5. ^ Welford, W. T. (August 1975). "Principles of optics (5th Edition)". Optics & Laser Technology. 7 (4): 190–191. doi:10.1016/0030-3992(75)90061-4.
  6. ^ Strong, John (19 February 1960). "Principles of Optics. Electromagnetic theory of propagation, interference and diffraction of light. Max Born, Emil Wolf et al. Pergamon Press, New York, 1959. xxvi + 803 pp. Illus. $17.50". Science. 131 (3399): 495. doi:10.1126/science.131.3399.495. ISSN 0036-8075.
  7. ^ Adrian, Lord (1960). "Review of Principles of Optics, BornMax, WolfEmil". Scientific American. 202 (5): 220. ISSN 0036-8733. JSTOR 24940493.
  8. ^ "Principles of optics". Journal of the Franklin Institute. 269 (1): 68. January 1960. doi:10.1016/0016-0032(60)90259-3.
  9. ^ Stroke, George Wilhelm (27 November 1964). "Principles of Optics. Electromagnetic theory of propagation, interference, and diffraction of light. Max Born and Emil Wolf. Pergamon, London; Macmillan, New York, ed. 2, 1964. xxviii + 808 pp. Illus. $17.50". Science. 146 (3648): 1154. doi:10.1126/science.146.3648.1154. ISSN 0036-8075.
  10. ^ Kockel, B.; Estphal, W. H.; Dessauer, F.; Strubecker, Karl; Siedentopf, H.; Borgnis, F.; Falkenhagen, H.; Finkelnburg, W.; Vieweg, R. (June 1960). "Heisenberg: Wadlungen in den grundlagen der naturwissenschaft/Heisenberg: Physik und Philosophie/Frisch: Beitrage zur Physik und Chemie Des 20. Jahrhunderts/Bellman: Introduction to matrix analysis/Mehlin: Astronomy/Born und Wolf: Principles of Optics/Ma". Physik Journal. 16 (6): 344–347. doi:10.1002/phbl.19600160610.
  11. ^ Peter, K.; Päsler, M.; Bruhn, J.; Strubecker, K.; Kurtze, G.; Kühler, H.; Martienssen, W.; Seeger, A.; Richter, P.; Wessel, W.; Rechenberg, H. (February 1973). "Jaworski: Physik griffbereit/Reimann: Physics/Landau: Klassische Physik in moderner Darstellung/Martin: Statistics for Physicists/Polya: Aufgaben und Lehrsätze aus der Analysis II./Akustik und Schwingungstechnik/Born: Principles of Optics/Caulfield: The A". Physik Journal. 29 (2): 93–96. doi:10.1002/phbl.19730290211.
  12. ^ Wolbarsht, Myron L. (December 1966). "Principles of Optics. Electomagnetic Theory of Propagation, Interference and Diffraction of Light. Max Born , Emil Wolf". The Quarterly Review of Biology. 41 (4): 440. doi:10.1086/405217. ISSN 0033-5770.
  13. ^ a b c Born, Max; Wolf, Emil (1980). Principles of optics : electromagnetic theory of propagation, interference and diffraction of light (6th ed.). Oxford: Pergamon Press. ISBN 0-08-026482-4. OCLC 7106160.
  14. ^ a b c Born, Max (19 December 2019). Principles of optics : electromagnetic theory of propagation, interference, and diffraction of light. Wolf, Emil,, Bhatia, A. B. (Avadh Behari), -1984. (Seventh (expanded) anniversary edition, 60th anniversary ed.). Cambridge. edition notice. ISBN 978-1-108-47743-7. OCLC 1129406200.

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