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Point-Based Graphics by Hanspeter Pfister, Markus Gross

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THE EARLY HISTORY OF POINT-BASED GRAPHICS

Levoy Marc,     Stanford University, Computer Graphics Laboratory, Stanford, CA 94305, USA, Tel: +1 650 725 4089, Fax: +1 650 723 0033. E-mail address: levoy@cs.stanford.edu

Marc Levoy

Why is it worthwhile to study where an idea came from? Thomas Kuhn, writing in The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, notes that scientists like to see their discipline’s past “developing linearly toward its present vantage” [Kuh62]. As a result, textbooks often discard or obscure the origins of ideas, thereby robbing students of the experience of a scientific revolution. This in turn makes them unable to realize when one is upon them and ignorant about how to act in these circumstances. I do not claim that point-based ...

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