Octavo.com and Albrect Durer

There's a wonderful company, Octavo that reproduces rare manuscripts on CDROM. I actually have a subscription to their CDROM-of-the-month (or whenever). The one I most recently received is particularly spectacular. It's a compendum of two books by Albrecht Dürer on the scientific principles of art technique. The section on perspective has great illustrations that would fit well in any book on ray tracing algorithms.

Everything new is old. The past is filled with great shoulders to stand on.

June 17, 2005