SPIE Press publishes Joe Goodman’s Fourier Transforms Using Mathematica®


The latest book from Fourier optics expert Goodman describes the properties of Fourier transforms and presents their modern applications utilizing this versatile software


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BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA – Joe Goodman, an international expert in Fourier optics, statistical optics, and speckle phenomena, has published his latest book, Fourier Transforms Using Mathematica®, with SPIE Press. The book is available through the SPIE Digital Library, the journals, conference proceedings, and books platform of SPIE, the international society of optics and photonics.

Goodman’s previous book with SPIE Press, Speckle Phenomena in Optics: Theory and Applications, Second Edition, was published earlier this year. His 1968 work, Introduction to Fourier Optics, is considered a seminal book on the subject; its fourth edition was published in 2017.

“We are very excited to be publishing Joe’s new book,” says SPIE Publications Content Development Manager Kert Edward. “Joe’s involvement with SPIE spans more than four decades and includes roles as a symposium chair, keynote speaker, and author. In his latest work with SPIE Press, Joe utilizes interactive plots based on Mathematica code to elucidate complex concepts in Fourier Transforms and their applications, including optical imaging and imaging processing. The ability to manipulate dynamic figures in real-time facilitates an intuitive grasp of important concepts related to this mathematical technique.”

Goodman, an SPIE Fellow since 1978, is the William Ayer Professor Emeritus at Stanford University, and cofounded Optivision and ONI Systems. He has received numerous honors for his work in optics – including the SPIE Dennis Gabor Award in Diffractive Optics in 1987 and the SPIE Gold Medal in 2007 – and has authored hundreds of research papers and several books on the topic. In 2011, he was awarded the SPIE Rudolf Kingslake Medal and Prize for his 2010 paper on speckle properties which was published in the SPIE journal Optical Engineering.

Goodman and his wife, Hon Mai Goodman, fund the biennial Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award which recognizes recently published outstanding books in optics and photonics. The next Goodman Book Writing Award, co-sponsored by SPIE and OSA, will be presented next in 2022.


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