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Springer Verlag Publishers,pas
10-15-1993, 07:57 AM
Dear Network News Group Administrator:
Please post the following announcement for this most exciting scientific
graphics book/CD combination. Thank you very much.
Cindy Peterson
TELOS, The Electronic Library of Science
3600 Pruneridge Avenue, Suite 200
Santa Clara, CA 95051
(408) 249-9314
FAX (408) 249-2595
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Contact: TELOS, The Electronic Library of Science
(408) 249-9314


Santa Clara, California, October 15, 1993 - TELOS (The Electronic Library of
Science) announces the release of "Visualization of Natural Phenomena," the
first multimedia book/CD-ROM package to achieve a high level of technology and
information integration for the scientific community, by Robert S. Wolff and
Larry Yaeger of Apple Computer.

"Visualization of Natural Phenomena" is an integrated book/CD-ROM package which
allows users to interactively explore the techniques used in scientific
visualization. It is designed for a broad range of computer professionals,
scientists, researchers, teachers, students, and other interested readers.
Employing the image as the fundamental concept, the book covers a wide range of
subjects under the broad heading of scientific visualization, including: image
display and processing; image animation; video; visualization of multiparameter
data; terrain rendering; 3-D solid modeling, rendering and animation; and
visualization in film and TV. Practical hints on the use of commercial and
public domain software in producing scientific visualization are also provided,
as are discussions of the computation and production of the images used in the

This book contains over 300 full-color images and black and white
illustrations. Technical Notes contain additional technical and algorithmic
discussions of the material. There is also a Special Appendix describing in
detail how the book and CD-ROM were produced, and a Glossary of terms is
provided in the book and on the disc.

Priced at $59.95, Visualization of Natural Phenomena (ISBN 0-387-97809-7) comes
with a CD-ROM containing more than 100 QuickTime(tm) animations covering a wide
range of visualization applications, along with explanations of the various
phenomena depicted. The CD also contains public domain images, as well as
Mathematica(r), NCSA, Spyglass(r), and other third-party software to supply
with a broad range of visualization examples. The CD-ROM is intended for use on
Apple Macintosh equipment, and is integrated with the book through the use of
an icon library for easy cross-referencing.

VNP is structured so users do not have to access the CD-ROM in order to take
advantage of the book's content. However, it is highly recommended that users
do refer to the book and disc in tandem when working through the materials in
order to fully benefit from the interactive learning experience this package
provides. The recommended system requirements are: Color Macintosh(r), System
7.01 or 7.1, 8 MB RAM, 13" RGB monitor, 5 MB free hard disk space, CD-ROM
drive, QuickTime 1.5 extension (included on CD-ROM) needed to play movies.

Robert S. Wolff is the Project Leader of Advanced Applications in Apple
Computer's Advanced Technology Group, where, since 1988, he has specialized in
developing prototype environments for scientific computing. Before coming to
Apple, he was a planetary astrophysicist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL). He
has produced numerous visualizations and animations and has participated in
several courses and panels on visualization at SIGGRAPH. He is currently
Visualization Editor for Computers in Physics and is a Co-Investigator on the
Volcanology Team on NASA's Earth Observing Systems (EOS) Mission. Dr. Wolff has
a Ph.D. in astrophysics from Brandeis University.

Larry Yaeger's background includes computational fluid dynamics, computer
graphics imaging, and neural network research. He has carried out pioneering
simulations of fluid flows over the Space Shuttle and was one of the principal
architects of a computer graphics rendering software at Digital Productions.
Larry has contributed to the design and development of the software tools and
production techniques used for special effects in several films and
commercials. As a Principal Engineer in Apple's Vivarium Program, he built
neural network simulators and built a system for integrating Macintosh graphics
into routine film production for Star Trek: The Next Generation. Now as part of
the Adaptive Systems/Advanced Technology Group at Apple Computer, Inc. he is
extending his character recognition work to pen-based microprocessors and is
currently combining computer graphics, neural networks, and genetic algorithms
to study artificial life and artificial intelligence.

TELOS is an imprint of Springer-Verlag New York, with publishing facilities at
3600 Pruneridge Avenue, Suite 200, Santa Clara, Calif. 95051. Its publishing
program encompasses the natural and physical sciences, computer science,
economics, mathematics, and engineering. TELOS strives to wed the traditional
print medium with the emerging electronic media to provide the reader with a
truly interactive multimedia information environment. All TELOS publications
delivered on paper come with an associated electronic component.

To order this product, please visit your local bookstore or contact
Springer-Verlag at (800) 777-4643 (in New Jersey, call (201) 348-4033). Fax
orders to (201) 348-4505. International customers should contact their nearest
Springer-Verlag office.

For information on bulk sales, please contact Mark Puma at (212) 460-1675.
For information on 30-day examination copies for course adoption, please call
(201) 348-4033 ext. 660. For book review copies, please contact TELOS directly
at (408) 249-9314.