The Visual Computer

, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp 120–124 | Cite as

Who invented ray tracing?

A historical remark
  • Georg Rainer Hofmann
Article

Abstract

We provide some remarks on the very early developments of the visualization techniques conducted during the European Renaissance. It is shown that the basic principle of ray tracing was already presented by Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528) in 1525. This article is intended to be of common interest; it is not a scientific report.

Key words

Ray tracing Perspective projection Historical remarks 

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© Springer-Verlag 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Georg Rainer Hofmann
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  1. 1.Fraunhofer-Arbeitsgruppe für Graphische DatenverarbeitungDarmstadtGermany

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