This book was one in the Longman Physics Topics series. It was written to provide background material for the work on ray optics in the third year of the Nuffield Physics course. In the ray optics section of the course, students investigated in the laboratory the basic principles behind telescopes and microscopes. This book was written to extend that experience to actual instruments in the outside world. A central theme running through the book emphasised how greater and greater understanding of scientific principles led to progress in developing more effective optical instruments, progress which was enhanced further by increasing technological skills.
The book was first published in 1970 and so some of the content is out of date, especially the section about cameras. However the book includes interesting historical background describing the development of optical instruments illustrated with clear line diagrams.
• Note to the teacher
• Introducing this book
• The telescope
• Colour and the achromatic lens
• The microscope
• The camera
• The eye
• The Schlieren effect
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