I first became aware of the work of Pierre Bézier in 1981 while engaged as a contract programmer in Saudi Arabia. I had taken with me to Saudi Arabia an early personal computer and a copy of the second edition of ‘Principles of Interactive Computer Graphics’ by Newman and Sproull  , with the intention of filling in my spare time by better educating myself in the subject of three-dimensional computer graphics. I had always had an interest in boat and ship design and can recall asking my mathematics teacher as a 13-year old whether there was a way of mathematically defining the hull surface of a sailing boat. At the time he had no answer for me, and it remained a difficult exercise in technical drawing for the next few years. When I stumbled across the chapter on surfaces in Newman and Sproull, however, I immediately saw the solution to the problem I had puzzled over years before. Bézier's logic regarding the use of a control point net was appealing in its simplicity; and I was able to quickly write a small program to produce a Bézier surface, followed by an implementation of a simple B-spline surface.
Computer-Aided Design – Elsevier
Published: Jun 1, 2002
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