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Historical introduction 1. Basic properties of the electromagnetic field 2. Electromagnetic potentials and polarization 3. Foundations of geometrical optics 4. Geometrical theory of optical imaging 5. Geometrical theory of aberrations 6. Image-forming instruments 7. Elements of the theory of interference and interferometers 8. Elements of the theory of diffraction 9. The diffraction theory of aberrations 10. Interference and diffraction with partially coherent light 11. Rigorous diffraction theory 12. Diffraction of light by ultrasonic waves 13. Scattering from inhomogeneous media 14. Optics of metals 15. Optics of crystals Appendix 1. The calculus of variations Appendix 2. Light optics, electron optics and wave mechanics Appendix 3. Asymptotic approximation to integrals Appendix 4. The Dirac delta function Appendix 5. A mathematical lemma used in rigorous derivation of the Lorentz-Lorentz formula Appendix 6. Propagation of discontinuities in an electromagnetic field Appendix 7. The circle polynomials of Zernike Appendix 8. Proof of an inequality for the spectral degree of coherence Appendix 9. Proof of a reciprocity inequality Appendix 10. Evaluation of two integrals Appendix 11. Energy conservation in scalar wavefields Appendix 12. Proof of Jones' lemma Author index Subject index.