Although it is part of a planned six-volume series devoted to optical design and simulation, the first volume of Handbook of Optical Systems: Fundamentals of Technical Optics also can be used as a self-contained textbook and as a reference for professionals in the field. With more than 700 color graphs, the 848-page resource addresses such areas as materials, ray tracing, gratings, photometry, aberrations, wave optics, paraxial optics, dielectric interfaces, special components, theory of color, plates and prisms, sensors and receivers, and optical measurement and testing techniques. References and an index are included. Herbert Gross, ed.; Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany, 2005; $385, €298.