Preface to the First Edition

This is a book on the general subject of optical design, aimed at students in the field of geometrical optics and engineers involved in optical instrumentation. Of course, this is not the first book in this field. Some classic, well-known books are out of print, however, and lack any modern topics. On the other hand, most modern books are generally very restricted in scope and do not cover important classic or even modern details.

Without pretending to be encyclopedic, this book tries to cover most of the classic aspects of lens design and at the same time describes some of the modern methods, tools, and instruments, such as contemporary astronomical telescopes, Gaussian beams, and computer lens design.

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