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The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Interactive 3D Technology: Visualizing Quaternions by Andrew J. Hanson

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Chapter 02. Folklore of Rotations

The rise of digital computing as an essential component of human existence has influenced everything from entertainment and the functionality of the family car to the conduct of warfare and the methods of scientific research. Both NASA astronauts and Hollywood film directors use computer systems to monitor and control the positions of objects in space. Computer systems perform operations inside the virtual mathematical world of computer models that would once have been done with sticks and clay, and this has altered forever the importance of the mathematics of rotations. What once might have been done simply by taking a physical object in hand is now done by a mathematical computer model. The traditional movie ...

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