This book hardly needs an introduction,
since its first edition appeared 17 years ago.
In the mid-1970s I was teaching a course on
optical coatings to a group of optical coating
engineers from various industrial coating
shops. I chatted with engineers from Texas
Instruments who had learned about optical
coatings essentially on their own, with little
tutoring from experienced workers. They
referred to Prof. Macleod's book as their
"bible." While this reviewer does not mean to
imply any irreverent comparison, it still
serves to remind us that Macleod's book has
remained the standard textbook on optical
coatings for nearly two decades. Other books
have appeared during this period, for example,
Z. Knittl's Optics of Thin Films and
more recently H. Pulker's Coatings on Glass.
Although they cover some topics that
Macleod does not, Thin-Film Optical Filters
has remained the standard reference and text
in this field.