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Processing Creative Coding and Computational Art by Ira Greenberg

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4 COMPUTER GRAPHICS, THE FUN, EASY WAY

This chapter gives a simplified and highly abridged overview of computer graphics. Graphics and visualization is one of the major research areas in computer science and has a reputation for being highly complex and mathematically demanding. However, there is a wide range of research being conducted under the heading "graphics and visualization"—with varying degrees of complexity. Dr. Edward Angel, in his widely read textbook Interactive Computer Graphics, lists four major application areas within computer graphics:

  • Display of information
  • Design
  • Simulation and animation
  • User interfaces
Display of information
involves data visualization, which can range in complexity from basic charting or plotting of ...

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