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An Integrated Introduction to Computer Graphics and Geometric Modeling by Ronald Goldman
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Taking a novel, more appealing approach than current texts, An Integrated Introduction to Computer Graphics and Geometric Modeling focuses on graphics, modeling, and mathematical methods, including ray tracing, polygon shading, radiosity, fractals, freeform curves and surfaces, vector methods, and transformation techniques. The author begins with fractals, rather than the typical line-drawing algorithms found in many standard texts. He also brings the turtle back from obscurity to introduce several major concepts in computer graphics. Supplying the mathematical foundations, the book covers linear algebra topics, such as vector geometry and algebra, affine and projective spaces, affine maps, projective transformations, matrices, and quaternions. The main graphics areas explored include reflection and refraction, recursive ray tracing, radiosity, illumination models, polygon shading, and hidden surface procedures. The book also discusses geometric modeling, including planes, polygons, spheres, quadrics, algebraic and parametric curves and surfaces, constructive solid geometry, boundary files, octrees, interpolation, approximation, Bezier and B-spline methods, fractal algorithms, and subdivision techniques. Making the material accessible and relevant for years to come, the text avoids descriptions of current graphics hardware and special programming languages. Instead, it presents graphics algorithms based on well-established physical models of light and cogent mathematical methods.

Author Biography

Ron Goldman is a professor of computer science at Rice University, Houston, Texas. Dr. Goldman's current research interests encompass the mathematical representation, manipulation, and analysis of shape using computers.
Release date NZ
January 15th, 2009
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
16 PAGE COLOR INSERT TO BE PLACED CLOSER TO END OF BOOK. BETWEEN CHAPTERS 19 AND 30.; 16 Tables, black and white; 47 Illustrations, color; 399 Illustrations, black and white
Imprint
CRC Press Inc
Pages
574
Dimensions
178x254x33
ISBN-13
9781439803349
Product ID
3073719

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