"I went back to science fiction to try a few experiments …and my first experiment was a disaster…"
Certainly, Swift was not the first to think about living beings in geometric terms; Renaissance artists probably claim the prize there. But to actually build up an image of a person, say, with geometric figures alone?
If you are interested in the topic, you might want to check out the Online Geometric Modeling Notes, courtesy of our friends at UC Davis. There, you will learn about NURBS (non-uniform rational b-splines) and more.
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