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Advanced Graphics Programming Using OpenGL by David Blythe, Tom McReynolds

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CHAPTER 20

Scientific Visualization

20.1 Mapping Numbers to Pictures

Scientific visualization utilizes computer graphics, image processing, and other techniques to create graphical representations of the results from computations and simulations. The objective of creating these representations is to assist the researcher in developing a deeper understanding of the data under investigation.

Modern computation equipment enables mathematical models and simulations to become so complex that tremendous amounts of data are generated. Visualization attempts to convey this information to the scientist in an effective manner. Not only is visualization used to post-process generated data, but it also serves an integral role in allowing a scientist to ...

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