I will consider some of the factors to be considered when assessing the capability and limitations of a new imaging modality, using holography in the 60's and 70's as an example. Biography (100 word limit): Joseph W. Goodman received an A.B. Degree from Harvard, an M.S degree and a Ph.D. degree, both from Stanford University. He joined the faculty of the Department of Electrical Engineering at Stanford in 1967, chaired the department from 1989 to 1996, and served as Senior Associate Dean of Engineering until 1999. He retired from Stanford in January of 2001. Dr. Goodman is the author of the books Introduction to Fourier Optics (now in its 3 rd edition), Statistical Optics, Speckle Phenomena in Optics. He has received numerous awards from the I.E.E.E., the A.S.E.E., the O.S.A., the S.P.I.E ., including the highest awards given by the latter two societies.

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