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The History of Visual Magic in Computers: How Beautiful Images are Made in CAD, 3D, VR and AR (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 24. Juli 2013

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“This specialized book is useful to those interested in a detailed historical account of the various technologies that contributed to the development of realistic 3-D computer graphics. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students and above.” (C. Tappert, Choice, Vol. 51 (8), April, 2014)

“It is dedicated to ‘the thousands of people over thousands of years who have developed the building blocks and made the discoveries in mathematics and science to make such 3D magic possible.’ … The brilliant timing of The History of Visual Magic in Computer … provides a new magical dimension on the time span to the topic, both fascinating information and indispensable references … . A must see for those who want to keep up with evolutionary graphics!!” (, August, 2013)

“Peddie, a renowned industry analyst and lecturer at the forefront of the computer graphics industry, has chronicled the developments that have led to these wonderful images. They are all based on 3D geometry, and he begins the story with the first major 3D implementations-the pyramids-and ends with the implementation we know today … . Written in a narrative style with ample references for those interested in digging deeper. … This book is a historical and visual treat with some amazing images.” (, June, 2013)


The renowned industry analyst and lecturer who has been at the forefront of the computer graphics industry has chronicled the developments that have led to these wonderful images. He begins the story with the first major 3D implementations – ­the pyramids – and ends with tablets, 3D movies, and mobile games. The book is a treat and has some amazing images in it.

– Andy Marken, Marken Communications

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From Godzilla to Galaxy 5. Februar 2014
Von G. A. Marken - Veröffentlicht auf
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A book like The History of Visual Magic in Computers is a great way to learn what's behind all of the magic we see on the big and little screen which at times is good and at times bad. I really like to think of it as magic that content producers do and I love being entranced and excited. Yet there's a part of me that is disappointed once I know because the mystery can be stripped away and I can say "hey I know how he/she/the team did that and they did a helluva job!" After reading Dr. Peddie's book I find myself watching the how it was done as well as the storyline just to see if I can occasionally see where the magician messed up. It happens so seldom today but after reading his book you not only know why a scene bothered you but you know why it bothered you. I've really enjoyed computer graphics, special effects and the other advances people in the visual industry have made and the book just makes me appreciate their creative genius even more. Dr. Peddie's book is a solid, easy-to-read book on the hard creative work that is done to entertain and amaze us. I can't wait to see what the next generation comes up with to serve up more visual magic...
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Great book about computer graphics history 6. Februar 2014
Von Lars Wiese - Veröffentlicht auf
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This book is great hollistic approach about computer graphics history.
Jon Peddie did great job in describing the timeline and pyramid of knowledge in philosophy, science, technology, art and business.
The book helps to understand the long way of technology, that makes things reality like 3D graphics on smartphones or virtual reality environments, to construct cars.

For every person, who is aware about learning from history to be prepared for future, this book is valuable resource in our technology driven world.

The only missing is a more detailed vision of the future of graphics. It is not Startrek's Holodeck.
My perspective: A personal six side CAVE with interactive, stereoscopic radiosity image generation to jump in James Cameron's virtual world of "Avatar".

Thanks Jon for the interesting book.

Lars Wiese
"See the Invisible"
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Beautifully done glimpse into the world of computer graphics 4. Februar 2014
Von Dave - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Taschenbuch
As someone who started graphical programming on a Tektronix 4010 I thought I had seen it all, but this book does a wonderful job of putting the explosion of pixels into historical context. The timelines are detailed without becoming mundane in this well researched book with photos and figures that bring back memories and add to the narrative.

I recommend this book for both graphics old timers, new-bees as well as those just interested in how graphics technology evolved. I recommended this book to one of my non-technical family members and they enjoyed the ride almost as much as I did.

This book would be an excellent outside reading assignment for a first year graphics programming course or survey of computing history. After all the most interesting things that computers do is what we can see with our eyes, and computer graphics is what enables us to visualize the world in a whole different way.
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Stunningly beautiful and exhaustive--and fascinating! 9. Oktober 2013
Von Joel Orr - Veröffentlicht auf
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"The History of Visual Magic in Computers" is, if you'll pardon the cliche, a tour de force ("A feat requiring great virtuosity or strength..." -The Free Dictionary). The field of computer graphics has exploded at a rate set by the "clock" of Moore's Law, by which the number of active devices on a chip doubles every 18 months or so. So to attempt to list and describe the products and technologies that led up to the current state of the art was a gargantuan undertaking. Jon Peddie accomplished it with finesse!

If you were involved in the computer graphics industry over the last few decades, you will relish all the wonderful detail, accompanied by tons of imagery. And if you are curious about technology and its effects on society, this book will give you a 10,000-foot view over the development of a techno-ecology that is on the cusp of pervasiveness.

Well done, Dr. Peddie!
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A definitive history from a front-lines player 4. Februar 2014
Von R. A. Cramblitt - Veröffentlicht auf
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Jon Peddie's guide to the history and majesty of computer graphics is a must-read for anyone interested in this remarkable aspect of human endeavor. I was there in the early history and still am working in the field, so I can verify that Peddie's account is spot on.

It's one thing to recount technology development, quite another to breathe life into it. Because he was there on the front lines, both reporting on developments and at times driving them, Peddie gives us both the technology and humanistic sides of the story.

As with the arts, we can often take technology for granted, benefiting from the beauty but not taking the time to acknowledge the journey to the viewer's eyes and ears. I suggest that if you love the beautiful (and useful) images you see on screens big and small, that you take a trip with the ultimate tour guide.
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