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by Herbert Edelsbrunner

This book combines mathematics (geometry and topology), computer science (algorithms), and engineering (mesh generation) in order to solve the conceptual and technical problems in the combining of elements of combinatorial and numerical algorithms. The book develops methods from areas that are amenable to combination and explains recent breakthrough solutions to meshing that fit into this category. It should be an ideal graduate text for courses on mesh generation. The specific material is selected giving preference to topics that are elementary, attractive, lend themselves to teaching, are useful, and interesting.
Download Geometry and Topology for Mesh Generation (Cambridge Monographs on Applied and Computational Mathematics) epub
ISBN: 052168207X
ISBN13: 978-0521682077
Category: Science
Subcategory: Mathematics
Author: Herbert Edelsbrunner
Language: English
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (January 9, 2006)
Pages: 190 pages
ePUB size: 1395 kb
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Rating: 4.8
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OK, I must admit, I know the author personally, like his work a lot. And so I can only recommend this book. But that's not what you're looking for in a review, nor am I talking to freinds or collegues who already know hime too. This book will introduce you to simplicial complexes, and deep mathematical constructs, along with some topology and geometry, while at the same time remaining hands-on and simpler. Mostly, the notation is clean, simple, and yet rigorous enough that you'll really be in terrific shape one you integrate it. It's actually amazing that it comes so clean given how powerful it can be. Meshes are the basis for many of the computer graphics and CAD/CAM modern methods, and are an indispensible tool. That's the real value of reading this book: you'll get some real good tools for manipulating meshes (whether what you want to do is the same or different than the author), and especially you'll get a mathematically correct and rigorous treatment.

At the same time this book is quite manageable even (and foremost) if you don't have a PhD in algebraic topology (all you need is a good bachelor in some computational science with good mathematics foundations). Although it might challenge you at times, it is basically self-contained and does not rely on any other book. (Additional knowledge is always useful, but this is a good starting point.)

You'll earn about simplicial complexes not from an abstract algebraic topology point of view (although the author is well-acquainted with them) but as a tool for representing surfaces and solids. The topics revolve around reconstructing a surface from a point cloud (using so-called Delaunay triangulations, which is one of the prevalent methods for that problem). It starts simply with 2D and moves on to 3D. It builds on the research of the author for more than a decade.

I should mention in fine that the author is the creator of Alpha-Shapes(a well known Delaunay-based method for reconstruction) and of the succesful startup Raindrop Geomagic which uses these methods in an essential way. His current interests are linked to biogeometry. Most of the research in this book somehow made it in one way or the other in their products. So this is excellent reading and a must for anyone interested in meshes, whether from computer graphics, CAD/CAM, or scientific computation / finite elements.
And much more pleasant to read than Edelsbrunner's Computational Geometry book. I have very little interest in Mesh Generation, but most of the book is not about that, but is rather a rather lucid introduction to central topics in modern discrete and computational geometry.