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DOI: 10.4230/DFU.SciViz.2010.289
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Weiskopf, Daniel

A Survey of Visualization Methods for Special Relativity

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This paper provides a survey of approaches for special relativistic visualization. Visualization techniques are classified into three categories: Minkowski spacetime diagrams, depictions of spatial slices at a constant time, and virtual camera methods that simulate image generation in a relativistic scenario. The paper covers the historical outline from early hand-drawn visualizations to state-of-the-art computer-based visualization methods. This paper also provides a concise presentation of the mathematics of special relativity, making use of the geometric nature of spacetime and relating it to geometric concepts such vectors and linear transformations.

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  author =	{Daniel Weiskopf},
  title =	{{A Survey of Visualization Methods for Special Relativity}},
  booktitle =	{Scientific Visualization: Advanced Concepts},
  pages =	{289--302},
  series =	{Dagstuhl Follow-Ups},
  ISBN =	{978-3-939897-19-4},
  ISSN =	{1868-8977},
  year =	{2010},
  volume =	{1},
  editor =	{Hans Hagen},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl--Leibniz-Zentrum fuer Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-27115},
  doi =		{10.4230/DFU.SciViz.2010.289},
  annote =	{Keywords: Special Relativity, Minkowski, Spacetime, Virtual Camera}

Keywords: Special Relativity, Minkowski, Spacetime, Virtual Camera
Collection: Scientific Visualization: Advanced Concepts
Issue Date: 2010
Date of publication: 02.08.2010

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