Well, PCGG-II is over. Many thanks to Dinesh and Joy for hosting the event and giving me a place to stay while there. It was a great weekend and I’m looking forward to the next gathering.
The release of Graham Saxby’s third edition of Practical Holography shows how well the author understands what people need from a complete book on holography.
He takes the reader through what a hologram is, the history of holography, what sort of light sources can be used to make a hologram, what kinds have been made to date and so on through to making and displaying your own images.
The book is written in a clear and concise manner and is augmented by additional tips, definitions, and observations in the margins as well as extensive source references at the end of each chapter.
If you’re new to the field or hobby of holography you should make this one of the first books you buy. Even if you’re an old hand this book will probably show you a few new tricks.
The holy grail of hobbyist holography books. Yes, this book is that good. It’s presented with an easy to understand style and saves the theory for later (when you’ve been captured by the magic of making holograms).
Run like the wind. Run fast and very far away from this book. To quote another reviewer "This is the worst book on Holography in print."
Check out some of the reviews from Amazon, although I urge you to ignore the paid reviews, the people who read the book don’t understand holography any more than the author does.
The reviews on Amazon are interesting in that there was an incredible run to review that book in June and July of 2001 and that all the reviews were positive. Makes one wonder if the Amazon reviewer rumors are true.
Note that for this review I didn’t have access to the CD since I checked out the book from the library and the CD had been kept by someone else. Even though I obtained the book for free, I still feel like I’ve been ripped off.