Jeff Hecht writes about science and technology, particularly topics related to lasers and dinosaurs. He is a correspondent for New Scientist magazine, a contributing editor for Laser Focus World, and regularly writes for other magazines including Optics & Photonics News and IEEE Spectrum. He has written 11 books, including Understanding Fiber Optics, Understanding Lasers, City of Light: The Story of Fiber Optics, Beam Weapons, The Laser Guidebook, Optics:Light For a New Age, and Beam: the Race to Make the Laser.
Beam Weapons describes the military technology behind Ronald Reagan's 'Star Wars' strategic defense system, intended to develop radically new beam weapons that destroyed nuclear missiles with directed energy — laser beams or charged particles. Originally published in 1984 as Beam Weapons: The Next Arms Race, this new edition includes an epilogue covering recent development of laser weapons.