The book is very descriptive but the style of writing isn t super easy to follow or engaging However, what makes the book really good, in my opinion, are the figures and diagrams provided every couple of pages which are great for visual learners like me Also, this book is packed with information and covers than one optics class could teach The book is not something you can casually peruse you have to sit down and really focus to fully understand it However, it covers practically everything you need to know on electromagnetic waves for a senior physics student It s also worth keeping after graduating since it makes a really good reference tool. Lots of diagrams Careful reading required. It s a good textbook on Optics but you really have to analyze every sentence of every page of the book which means looking up definitions of words, equations, formulas, etc just to really grasp what s going on If you have the time to spend it s worth it due to the amount of knowledge this book presents but it s definitely not an easy or quick read you ve got to put in the work to truly understand it. This text is a life saver in Advanced Optics course I would recommend it for Physics majors, must have it For courses in Optics A Contemporary Approach to Optics with Practical Applications and New Focused Pedagogy Hecht Optics balances theory and instrumentation and provides students with the necessary classical background through a lively and clear narrative Optics, Fifth Edition is distinguished by three core imperatives up to date content in line with the ever evolving technological advances in the Optics field a modern approach to discourse including studies on photons, phasors, and theory and improvements and revisions to the previous edition s pedagogy including over one hundred new worked examples Sustaining market leadership for over twenty years, Optics, Fifth Edition continues to demonstrate range and balance in subject matter The text is grounded in traditional methodology, while providing an early introduction to the powerful perspective of the Fourier theory, which is crucial to present day analysis Electron and neutron diffraction patterns are pictured alongside the customary photon images, and every piece of art has been scrutinized for accuracy and altered where appropriate to improve clarity.