Optical EngineeringIf You Didn’t Take a Picture, You Weren’t There, and If You Didn’t Write It Down, You Did Not Do It
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I wrote many years ago that I felt physicists and photonics scientists were like Spock on Star Trek and that optical engineers were like Scotty. Spock would always understand the physics behind the problems and would usually save the day through some ground-breaking discovery that, on earth, would win the Nobel Prize. Scotty, in the meantime, would use what Spock had discovered to kluge together an effective way to power or protect the ship.