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    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.