This book is a great collection of almost current practical rendering techniques.
Very basic theories/ideas for game engine, basis for game client programming as well as the necessary knowledge for understanding DirectX and OpenGL, in short, almost all stuffs of graphical rendering topics are covered by this book.
I think of that this book consists of three major parts by three different coauthors.
(But the consistency of the entire book content is kept well; the related issues in different sections/chapters are referred/linked with each other exactly.)
BASIC SUFF AND LIGHT (Basic Vector Calculus, Basic Optical Science)
Basic logical tools for graphics - Matrix, Projection, Terminologies,
Basic graphics concepts - Aliasing, Morphing, Sensor, Color, Texture,
Characteristics of light - Spectrum of Light, Irradiance, Reflection/Refraction, etc.
RENDERING TECHNIQUE (More Artificial Technique)
Illumination, Shading, Mapping, Effects, Bill boarding, Fogging, Silhouette, Cartoon-Rendering, etc.
GEOMETRY AND PERFORMANCE
Line, Surface, Culling, LOD, Space Partitioning, Collision, Performance, GPU Pipeline, etc.
It cites a lot of references on graphics/rendering/shader books, mathematics, journals, treaties and articles on the both side of online and offline.
But the subjects/content of each section are written in brief and clear way to understand them due to that this book tries to avoid using complex formulae or equations.
Recommending to find/read the original references to get more details for those kind of formulae, this book focuses on the major flow of how the techniques are derived and applied to.
Again, it is very helpful to people who want to get a stout understanding for rendering technology.
Strongly Related Books with this;
Physically Based Rendering : From Theory to Implementation (The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Interactive 3D Technology) (The Interactive 3d Technology Series), ShaderX6: Advanced Rendering, 3D Game Engine Design, Second Edition: A Practical Approach to Real-Time Computer Graphics (The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Interactive 3D Technology), Real-Time Collision Detection (The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Interactive 3-D Technology)