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on 29 August 2010
As a person who's maths isn't amazing, I had high hopes for this book when reading the first few chapters: the book starts off too basic for even me! However, as other reviews have indicated, it almost appears that there are a number of chapters missing from the middle of the book. By the time we get to "Geometric Primitives" the author is speaking in language that will only be understood by someone with a maths degree. Many of the advanced concepts aren't even introduced let alone explained.
One wonders what the purpose of the chapter explaining the concept of negative numbers (yes, it starts that basic) is when the second half of the book would require a maths degree to understand. In particular, the chapters on Geometric Primitives and Geometric Tests are impenetrable to me - and these are the concepts I was hoping to understand. Another example: on page 137 the author starts using a triangular mathematical symbol out of nowhere; I couldn't find *any* previous explanation of the meaning of that symbol!
All in all, I am very disappointed by this book and left wondering who the intended audience for the book is.