"Science is all metaphor." - Timothy Leary
"The more simple any thing is, the less liable it is to be
Thomas Paine 1776 (from Common Sense)
"Complexity does not necessarily imply disorder." - Philip
Plante's Tutorial on the rotating-caliper method for intersecting
convex polygons. His page also has a beautiful interactive Java applet
you can play with. You can find details and proofs of correctnes of the
algorithm in the PostScript file below.
- Godfried T. Toussaint, "A simple linear algorithm for
convex polygons," The Visual Computer, vol. 1, 1985, pp.