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The NURBS Book (Monographs in Visual Communication) Paperback – October 4, 2013
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"Piegl and Tiller offer an excellent source of information on NURBS (nonuniform rational B-spines), which fills a very large gap in the technical literature related to CAD/CAM/CAE. It is written for the average engineer with elementary knowledge of college mathematics and computing. It would be very useful to students, teachers, and designers of geometric modeling systems. A well-presented work, with abundant computer-generated figures." -- Choice
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The NURBS book covers all aspects of non-uniform rational B-splines necessary to design geometry in a computer aided environment. Basic B-spline features, curve and surface algorithms, and state-of-the-art geometry tools are all discussed. Detailed code for design algorithms and computational tricks are covered too, in a lucid, easy-to-understand style, with a minimum of mathematics and using numerous worked examples. The book is a must for students, researchers, and implementors whose work involves the use of splines.
"Some years ago a few researchers joked about NURBS, saying that the acronym really stands for Nobody Understands Rational B-Splines write the authors in their foreword; they formulate the aim of changing NURBS to EURBS, that is, Everybody ... . There is no doubt that they have achieved this goal. ...
... I highly recommend the book to anyone who is interested in a detailed description of NURBS. It is extremely helpful for students, teachers and designers of geometric modelling systems. ..."
- H. Pottmann, Computer Aided Design, 1996
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The illustrations are not as clear as they could be so it may make it a little difficult for first-timers to understand. If you're unfamiliar with Bezier and NURBS curves then "Curves and Surfaces for CAGD" by Farin is probably a better place to start. But if you get Farin's book make sure to get the 5th edition since earlier editions aren't as clear.
With that said there is a wealth of information about creating and manipulating NURBS geometry in this book. All explanations are followed by code implementation. The code is a little difficult to understand at first, but if you stick with it you'll understand their coding style.
4 stars since thier layout and illustrations could be a lot clearer.
I've gone through 3 other graphics book trying to get enough clear information on NURBs, but they were all either inadequate or obscure.
"The NURBS Book" is the one you want.