The Nature of Code: Simulating Natural Systems with Processing

This book focuses on a range of programming strategies and techniques behind computer simulations of natural systems, from elementary concepts in mathematics and physics to more advanced algorithms that enable sophisticated visual results.

**Publication date**: 13 Dec 2012

**ISBN-10**:
0985930802

**ISBN-13**:
9780985930806

**Paperback**:
520 pages

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**Type**: Book

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**License**:
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported

**Post time**: 29 Nov 2016 08:00:00

The Nature of Code: Simulating Natural Systems with Processing

This book focuses on a range of programming strategies and techniques behind computer simulations of natural systems, from elementary concepts in mathematics and physics to more advanced algorithms that enable sophisticated visual results.

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Daniel Shiffman wrote:How can we capture the unpredictable evolutionary and emergent properties of nature in software? How can understanding the mathematical principles behind our physical world help us to create digital worlds? This book focuses on a range of programming strategies and techniques behind computer simulations of natural systems, from elementary concepts in mathematics and physics to more advanced algorithms that enable sophisticated visual results. Readers will progress from building a basic physics engine to creating intelligent moving objects and complex systems, setting the foundation for further experiments in generative design. Subjects covered include forces, trigonometry, fractals, cellular automata, self-organization, and genetic algorithms. The book's examples are written in Processing, an open-source language and development environment built on top of the Java programming language. On the book's website (http://www.natureofcode.com), the examples run in the browser via Processing's JavaScript mode.

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About The Author(s)

Daniel Shiffman is a programmer, a project lead with the Processing Foundation, and an Associate Arts Professor at the Interactive Telecommunications Program at Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. Shiffman received a BA in Mathematics and Philosophy from Yale University and a master degree from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at Tisch School of the Arts at NYU.

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