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An Introduction to the Theory of Optics

Nature volume 71, pages 457458 (16 March 1905) | Download Citation

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PROF. SCHUSTER has done excellent service to teachers and students alike by publishing this book, which fills a very obvious gap. It is an introduction to the theory, and purposely does not deal with details of methods of measurement or instrumental appliances; these are properly left to courses of laboratory instruction. At the same time the necessity for experiments and observations is everywhere present to the author's mind. The book is not a mere mathematical treatise on simple harmonic motion; indeed, the analysis is generally easy, and purely mathematical difficulties are avoided. Prof. Schuster writes as a physicist. The physical meaning of the steps and processes employed is everywhere insisted on, and the student is made to think throughout.

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