Based on a SPIE professional course, the book Optical System Design, Second Edition, presents techniques and diagrams that illustrate major design procedures. The 624-page resource features new chapters on polarization, diffractive optics, optomechanical design, systems analysis and stray light suppression. It includes chapters on glass selection, geometrical aberrations and how to eliminate them, spherical and aspheric surfaces, computer performance evaluation and optical path difference. Numerous examples are provided to explain the techniques. Applications such as digital imaging, machine vision and telecommunications are addressed. Robert E. Fischer, Biljana Tadic-Galeb and Paul R. Yoder Jr.; SPIE Press, Bellingham, Wash.; McGraw-Hill Companies, New York, 2008; $85, SPIE members; $100, nonmembers.