Publisher description for Visualization : using computer graphics to explore data and present information / Judith R. Brown ... [et al.].


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Counter A complete guide to envisioning information on your computer. Find out how you can use off-the-shelf graphics software to create sophisticated visualizations! Whether you want to provide your clients with virtual architectural walkthroughs, envision nucleotides bonding to a strand of RNA, or chart daily fluctuations in foreign currency values, this book/CD set shows you how you can create visualizations of a quality and level of complexity you never dreamed possible. You'll do it all using nothing more than your PC or workstation and off-the-shelf graphics software. No matter what field you're in, science, business, finance, or the arts, this book gives you all the information you'll need. An international team of computer visualization experts allows you to explore the incredible scope of this powerful computer graphics medium. And, with the help of over one hundred gorgeous full-color illustrations, they demonstrate some of the ways in which commercially available presentation and graphics tools can be used to envision, probe, interpret, and present information. Writing in a light, accessible style, they train you in a host of basic visualization techniques and strategies that enable you to: * Create virtual environments in which to explore scientific or technical data * Envision abstract concepts and ideas in 2 and 3 dimensions * Combine images, data, video, and animation to produce stunningly persuasive multimedia presentations The enclosed CD includes striking examples ranging from basic charting and graphing to more advanced video, animation, and volume visualization techniques, taken from the worlds of business, finance, banking, law, architecture, engineering, science, mathematics, geographical mapping, medicine, the arts, and more. ". . . a superb new book covering the entire field of visual presentations . . .Techniques covered range from relatively simple 2D to the latest in virtual reality . . .The book is an excellent source for anyone interested in knowing about visualization and making effective use of the technology." -Carl Machover, President, Machover Associates Corporation

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Computer graphics, Visualization