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A book about applying topics from mathematics, physics, and generative algorithms to computational systems. With Processing!
A book about applying topics from mathematics, physics, and generative algorithms to computational systems. With Processing!
1,189 backers pledged $31,575 to help bring this project to life.

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    1. Creator David Tames on July 26, 2014

      I just picked up the book again to look some things up and in retrospect, this is both a wonderful book and an excellent example of an alternative publishing model (encompassing editorial, distribution, funding) that has proven successful. I think it was especially valuable to have the community involvement through the editorial process, especially since I've recently read other textbooks that would have benefitted from community involvement in the editorial process prior to publishing. Thank you again!

    2. Creator Hudson Luce on December 20, 2012

      Well, I'll be damned, on the coldest day so far this year, in the midst of a blizzard, my copy of the print version of the book just arrived. Just skimming through it, it looks like a great book. I'll be giving the code a try out in the next few weeks. I may just order copies for a few of my friends. Well worth the $25. Thanks!!!

    3. Creator Steve Cooley on October 11, 2012

      Time for the quarterly update, please?

    4. Creator Daniel Shiffman on July 18, 2012

      Hi folks, I am sorry there hasn't been an official update in a while. Tons of progress has been made and a major update will come by the end of July. I'm trying to avoid sending updates without new materials. The next one will include an HTML5 version of the book as well as a new PDF with draft design. And then the only thing that will follow that is a round of changes and printing the book!

    5. Creator Fredrik Wangel on July 17, 2012

      @Daniel Shiffman: A progress update would be appreciated. Thank you.

    6. Creator Marc on July 14, 2012

      So... what the happs?

    7. Creator Georg Duemlein on June 21, 2012

      Haste makes waste.
      > "looking for collaborators who will help port it to different platforms."
      But don't get lost.
      :)

    8. Creator Javier Fadul on June 18, 2012

      Hello everyone!

      Just got back from EYEO Festival where I had the chance to catch up a bit with Dan. He mentioned we haven't been too pushy for getting him to complete the project and suggested we blast him with emails until he gets it done. No, I'm kidding.

      He did say though that he is working on interesting ways to publish the content itself, and is looking for collaborators who will help port it to different platforms.

      Looking forward to seeing the progress! there is so much great content in this book, definitely happy to have supported it.

    9. Creator pakoito - WooS on May 4, 2012

      It's ok Daniel, just wanted some updates or something, but knowing the draft is ready I am more content now :)

    10. Creator Daniel Shiffman on April 30, 2012

      @pakoito and all -- terribly sorry for all the delays. I severely underestimated the amount of time it would take for many of the elements of putting the book together. Rest assured the written draft is complete and so the final PDF and printed book is coming soon! (If anyone is truly unhappy I will be happy to issue refunds with interest, etc.) Stay tuned!

    11. Creator pakoito - WooS on April 28, 2012

      Daniel, the project is more than a year in and it's not yet finished :( Deadline was summer last year.

    12. Creator Daniel Shiffman on February 2, 2012

      yes, indeed, i'm hoping to publish the book in as many formats as possible (including an HTML5 version with animated canvas objects)

    13. Creator James Junghanns on February 2, 2012

      Any thoughts on publishing as an Apple iBook interactive textbook? As I understand it, it's possible to embed HTML (and presumably JavaScript) opening the door to the possibility of using processing.js to embed actual live code into the book...

    14. Creator Afian on January 21, 2012

      Thank you - something to read on a long flight back to Boston

    15. Creator Daniel Shiffman on January 20, 2012

      Afian -- there is a full PDF draft of the book. I am hoping to do final revisions and design in the next month.

    16. Creator Daniel Shiffman on January 20, 2012

      James -- combo update was just send out. You can find it under "updates"

    17. Creator Chris Willis on January 15, 2012

      I'm finally catching up on Chapter 10. Great stuff, Daniel! For what it's worth, I've been an author and have some understanding of the effort required. I'm impressed with the quality of the book so far. Keep rockin'!

    18. Creator James Junghanns on January 15, 2012

      Any news? Is there any hope of getting a "combo" updated PDF with illustrations and all the chapters in a single file, suitable for reading on the go?

    19. Creator Afian on January 12, 2012

      Hi! When will the pdf version be finished?

    20. Creator Dylan Wreggelsworth on November 30, 2011

      I've been reading the chapters, following the examples. This material is really great. I'm excited to see this shape up.

    21. Creator Daniel Shiffman on October 19, 2011

      Hi Pakoito and all!

      I am working on getting an update out soon. I'm working on a brand new box2d library for chapter 5, getting some of the illustrations produced for the first few chapters, and a new exciting announcement about how the book will be published (format-wise, etc.) I am really sorry to be so delayed, my goal is to still have the finished version of the book by end of 2011!

      Dan

    22. Creator pakoito - WooS on October 8, 2011

      Hi Daniel,

      how's the book coming? It's been two months without updates :(

    23. Creator Rainer Kohlberger on September 28, 2011

      @daniel cheers, looking forward!

    24. Creator Daniel Shiffman on September 28, 2011

      Hi Rainer. Sadly, I am delayed for various reasons, but working hard to finish the writing and figure out all the design and production questions that I'm discovering while self-publishing. My hope is for the book to be completely finished and shipping by the end of 2011. Backers would receive a PDF beforehand.

    25. Creator Rainer Kohlberger on September 28, 2011

      hi,
      is there an updated schedule on when you plan to finish the book? thx.

    26. Creator David Bamford on September 9, 2011

      Hey Daniel, Is it too late to upgrade my my pledge to get a print copy? Thanks and good luck on bringing it home!

    27. Creator Eoin Rossney on August 18, 2011

      I can't wait for this book - revisiting Learning Processing to brush up!

    28. Creator James Junghanns on August 3, 2011

      I’m really looking forward to the print copy so I can clamber up a mountain with my MacBookAir and just lock myself away until I can code pretty-looking-stuff.

      (Just mentioning.)

    29. Creator Daniel Shiffman on July 9, 2011

      Great comment Robert I will definitely keep this in mind!

      All best,
      Dan

    30. Creator Robert White on July 9, 2011

      any thoughts about the print copy yet? I have a suggestion! If it's not cost prohibitive (it very well may be) could this book be bound in a way so it lays flat on a desk? Coil bound?
      I hate it when books close themselves or turn pages when you are trying to type something. Thanks and best of luck with it!

    31. Creator Eric Dijkema on June 21, 2011

      Daniel, may I suggest reading Philip Ball's "Critical mass" it covers a lot of the subjects you teach us about and might give us (your followers) some nice idea's for sketches.

    32. Creator Ricardo Sanchez on June 9, 2011

      Excellent! Looking forward for those examples thanks a lot!

    33. Creator Daniel Shiffman on June 7, 2011

      Hi Ricardo. The topic is too advanced for the scope of what the book is covering. But I do hope to add lots of supplemental examples and tutorials to the book web site and this would certainly be on the list! (First, I have to not pass out when thinking about quaternions.)

    34. Creator Ricardo Sanchez on June 7, 2011

      Hi Daniel,

      Will it be possible to add a section for 3D rotations and Quaternions? I know there are lots of resources online but I cant understand any of them, same happen to me with Vector math but after reading your Chapter on the subject I finally got it. Please ;-)

    35. Creator Daniel Shiffman on May 5, 2011

      Yes, it's been a while! My sincere apologies, my writing is on hold while I finish out the ITP semester with thesis presentations and the spring show. Have no fear, new chapters will arrive late in May and throughout June! Hopefully I'm still on pace for the entire book to be completed this summer. Thanks for your patience!

    36. Creator Juan Manuel Gimeno Illa on May 5, 2011

      Eagerly waiting for more chapters ....

      More than a month now.

      Sniff.

    37. Creator Philip Earley on April 27, 2011

      Hi Daniel,
      I'm desperate to get hold of the draft chapters you have already released and really looking forward to getting hold of the final copy. Is it possible to still donate since I can't find a way to go about it on this site?

    38. Creator stefan krakhofer on April 13, 2011

      Hi Daniel,
      keep up the energy and good work. you ll make many people happy by sharing your insights with this project.

    39. Creator Grzegorz Góralski on April 7, 2011

      Hello!
      This project looks very interesting for me, especially the part focused on subjects related to biology (I am biologist). I like your previous book, its very well written, so I suspect that this one will be even better :-).
      Unfortunatelly I've found that project just 2 days after the end of funding. I would like to support your project in 25$ option, is it still possible?

    40. Creator Brit Cruise on April 4, 2011

      Thanks for backing me. Can't wait to read your book. Would love to do a episode on nature's software and early brains which evolved for navigation and vision....anyway good luck with the writing! And thanks for helping spread the word

    41. Creator Daniel Shiffman on April 4, 2011

      Douglas -- fantastic site!! Look forward to talking later this summer, yes. Let's be in touch!

    42. Creator Douglas Sweetser on April 3, 2011

      Hello Daniel.

      I am the lone backer that wants to do an hour-long skype jam session. I run visualphysics.org, an effort to translate any and all physics equations into animations, currently using gif89a technology (translation, workable but lame). Let's pencil this in for late August, Sept, after the book is out and life is a little less insane. I have to struggle a bit with relearning Java and Processing. My hope is to refactor my perl/c-code into Processing so people can play with quaternion animations on the web.

    43. Creator Paco Loco on April 1, 2011

      sounds really instresting

    44. Creator Brit Cruise on April 1, 2011

      Hi Daniel! I just backed your project because it's right up my alley. I also just launched a Kickstarter project for an educational TV series which deals with some of the same topics: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1667372109/gambling-with-secrets - Maybe you can give me a shout out? Who knows, I could even turn your book into an episode. Would make a great show!! Just need some buzz

    45. Creator Daniel Shiffman on March 31, 2011

      Thomas -- just click on "updates" and scroll down to read the previous updates. The links are there. Enjoy!

    46. Creator Thomas Rand-Nash on March 31, 2011

      Hi. I am a recent backer, and am hoping to gain access to the first few chapters, as you recently released chap 5, and I have no idea how to get 1-4. Thank you, I can't wait for the book to be finished and congratulations!

    47. Creator Matt Gorbet on March 31, 2011

      DANIEL! So great to be able to give back a little -- in the past week I've used your awesome Kinect Processing library and your simple particles to quickly introduce a whole bunch of new students to the power of code. Now I see this and of course I'm backing it right away! Can't wait to read what you've written.

    48. Creator Yi donghoon on March 31, 2011

      Hello Daniel!
      I'm always thank you! I'm designer/developer based on processing. from south korea.
      this is awesome project. really excited. I'm looking forward to get final book/PDF!
      cheer up!!

    49. Creator Giuseppe Sorrentino on March 25, 2011

      Hello Daniel,
      to back Antonio and Fabian, I am interested and available for translating in Italian. Just contact me when the final draft is ready.

    50. Creator Jack Kern on March 17, 2011

      Daniel... I just wanted to say that you, Cedric, Casey, Ben (fry), Karsten (of toxic libs) and many others in the processing and openFrameworks communities have been such an inspiration for me and my programming career that I just wanted to say thank you! Best of luck finishing this book and I'm glad I could provide at least a bit of support!

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