Short works

Books : reviews

Stephen Todd, William Latham.
Evolutionary Art and Computers.
Academic Press. 1992

rating : 3 : worth reading
review : 1 August 1996

[ammonites] It all started with Richard Dawkins evolving his biomorphs -- little stick trees and insects. Suddenly everyone was using evolutionary algorithms to explore enormous complex 'feature spaces'. William Latham evolves works of art.

This lavishly illustrated book explains the mathematical and graphical techniques used to generate the stunningly beautiful and wierd images.

Simple as the rules of FormSynth were, they seemed to have a creative power of their own. Even though Latham created and applied the rules, they produced imaginative forms he had not expected. ...he realised that the FormSynth system defined an infinte world of predetermined forms, which the artist explored to reveal only a selected few.