An Introduction to NURBS: With Historical Perspective

An Introduction to NURBS: With Historical Perspective

by David F. Rogers

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The latest from a computer graphics pioneer, An Introduction to NURBS is the ideal resource for anyone seeking a theoretical and practical understanding of these very important curves and surfaces. Beginning with Bézier curves, the book develops a lucid explanation of NURBS curves, then does the same for surfaces, consistently stressing important shape design properties and the capabilities of each curve and surface type. Throughout, it relies heavily on illustrations and fully worked examples that will help you grasp key NURBS concepts and deftly apply them in your work. Supplementing the lucid, point-by-point instructions are illuminating accounts of the history of NURBS, written by some of its most prominent figures. Whether you write your own code or simply want deeper insight into how your computer graphics application works, An Introduction to NURBS will enhance and extend your knowledge to a degree unmatched by any other resource.

  • Presents vital information with applications in many different areas: CAD, scientific visualization, animation, computer games, and more.
  • Facilitates accessiblity to anyone with a knowledge of first-year undergraduate mathematics.
  • Details specific NURBS-based techniques, including making cusps with B-spline curves and conic sections with rational B-spline curves.
  • Presents all important algorithms in easy-to-read pseudocode-useful for both implementing them and understanding how they work.
  • Includes complete references to additional NURBS resources.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781558606692
Publisher: Elsevier Science
Publication date: 08/28/2000
Series: Morgan Kaufmann Series in Computer Graphics Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 7.68(w) x 9.58(h) x 0.82(d)

About the Author

David F. Rogers, Ph.D., is the author of two computer graphics classics, Mathematical Elements for Computer Graphics and Procedural Elements for Computer Graphics, as well as works on fluid dynamics. His early research on the use of B-splines and NURBS for dynamic manipulation of ship hull surfaces led to significant commercial and scientific advances in a number of fields. Founder and former director of the Computer Aided Design/Interactive Graphics Group at the U.S. Naval Academy, Dr. Rogers was an original member of the USNA's Aerospace Engineering Department. He sits on the editorial boards of The Visual Computer and Computer Aided Design and serves on committees for SIGGRAPH, Computer Graphics International, and other conferences.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 - Curve and Surface Representation
Chapter 2 - Bézier Curves
Chapter 3 - B-spline Curves
Chapter 4 - Rational B-spline Curves
Chapter 5 - Bézier Surfaces
Chapter 6 - B-spline Surfaces
Chapter 7 - Rational B-spline Surfaces

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