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Hindsight Is Diffraction Limited
Author(s): Robert E Fischer

Paper Abstract

Most people would say that "hindsight is 20-20." We in the optics business say that "hindsight is diffraction limited." What of course we really mean by this cliche is that looking back always seems to make things clearer. In fact it is interesting to think about why in our society we study history. One of the really tangible reasons is that by studying the history of the past we can better prepare for, and to some extent extrapolate, into the future. The intent of this paper is to take a look back through my own educational experiences, and then my industrial career in the optics field, with the goal of helping to define perhaps a little more clearly the structure and curricula of optics programs at BS and MS levels. One of the key areas to be addressed will be the distinction between training for a career versus training for a job.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 April 1989
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 0978, 1988 Intl Conf on Education in Optics, (27 April 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.948588
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Robert E Fischer, Ernst Leitz Canada, Ltd (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0978:
1988 Intl Conf on Education in Optics
Brij M. Khorana, Editor(s)

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