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The Nature of Code: Simulating Natural Systems with Processing Paperback – December 13, 2012
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About the Author
Daniel Shiffman is an Assistant Arts Professor in the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Originally from Baltimore, Daniel received a bachelor of arts in mathematics and philosophy from Yale University and his master's degree from ITP. He develops tutorials, examples, and libraries for Processing, the open-source programming language and environment created by Casey Reas and Ben Fry. He is also the author of Learning Processing: A Beginner's Guide to Programming Images, Animation, and Interaction (2008).
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Beginning chapters are focused on physics and calculus. There were some of the best explanations I have ever seen for showing the concepts and how formulas work. I was thinking how much better it would have been if I had learned calculus from a book like this. There are excellent details how forces, vectors, and angles work. Working examples are implemented in using Processing.
The middle of the book tells you which libraries are useful. The author takes the time to explain which parts you want to implement your self and when you should rely on a given library.
Later parts of the book go into more advanced natural systems such as simulating biological events. Some genetic algorithms are presented, and lastly the building blocks of neural networks are examined. Descriptions are geared towards beginners and the walk through is quite detailed.
This book works whether you want to learn programming or simulate natural events. Examples are shown from a beginner's perspective in a way that leads the reader to clearer understanding.
I learned Processing and Java a few years ago and used this book to learn C++. The concepts from the book can easily be transferred to any programming language, although it helps if a good drawing framework can be used. In my case I used the fabulous Cinder framework (libcinder.org). I translated most of the examples. Info about the C++ code can be found here:
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Shiffman is a real hero, creating excellent content!
Check him out on youtube aswell!