A WORD ABOUT THE AUTHORS


Fractint is the result of a synergy between the main authors, many contributors, and published sources. All of the main authors have had a hand in many aspects of the code. However, each author has certain areas of greater contribution and creativity. Since there is not room in the credits screen for the contributions of the main authors, we list these here to facilitate those who would like to communicate with us on particular subjects.

Main Authors of Version 19 and later.

BERT TYLER

is the original author of Fractint. He wrote the "blindingly fast" 386-specific 32 bit integer math code and the original video mode logic. Bert made Stone Soup possible, and provides a sense of direction when we need it. His forte is writing fast 80x86 assembler, his knowledge of a variety of video hardware, and his skill at hacking up the code we send him!

Bert has a BA in mathematics from Cornell University. He has been in programming since he got a job at the computer center in his sophomore year at college - in other words, he hasn't done an honest day's work in his life. He has been known to pass himself off as a PC expert, a UNIX expert, a statistician, and even a financial modeling expert. He is currently masquerading as an independent PC consultant, supporting the PC-to-Mainframe communications environment at NIH. If you sent mail from the Internet to an NIH staffer on his 3+Mail system, it was probably Bert's code that mangled it during the Internet-to-3+Mail conversion. He also claims to support the MS-Kermit environment at NIH. Fractint is Bert's first effort at building a graphics program.

TIM WEGNER

contributed the original implementation of palette animation, and is responsible for most of the 3D mechanisms. He provided the main outlines of the "StandardFractal" engine and data structures, and is accused by his cohorts of being "obsessed with options". One of Tim's main interests is the use of four dimensional algebras to produce fractals. Tim served as team coordinator for version 19, and integrated Wes Loewer's arbitrary precision library into Fractint.

Tim has BA and MA degrees in mathematics from Carleton College and the University of California Berkeley. He worked for 7 years overseas as a volunteer, doing things like working with Egyptian villagers building water systems. Since returning to the US in 1982, he has written shuttle navigation software, a software support environment prototype, and supported strategic information planning, all at NASA's Johnson Space Center. After a two-year stint at full-time writing, he's back at NASA developing shuttle navigation software.

JONATHAN OSUCH

started throwing pebbles into the soup around version 15.0 with a method for simulating an if-then-else structure using the formula parser. He has contributed the fn||fn fractal types, the built- in bailout tests, the increase in both the maximum iteration count and bailout value, and bug fixes too numerous to count. Jonathan worked closely with Robin Bussell to implement Robin's browser mechanism in Fractint.

Jonathan has a B.S. in Physics from the University of Dubuque and a B.S. in Computer Science from Mount Mercy College, both in Iowa. He is currently working as a consultant in the nuclear power industry.

WES LOEWER

first got his foot in the Stone Soup door by writing fast floating point assembler routines for Mandelbrot, Julia, and Lyapunov fractals. He also rewrote the boundary trace algorithms and added the frothybasin fractal. His most significant contribution is the addition of the arbitrary precision library which allows Fractint to perform incredibly deep zooms.

Wes has a B.S. in Physics from Wheaton College in Illinois. He also holds an M.S. in Physics and an M.Ed. in Education from Texas A&M University. Wes teaches physics and math at McCullough High School in The Woodlands, Texas where his pupils inspire him to keep that sense of amazement that students get when they understand a physical or mathematical principle for the first time. Since he uses Fractint to help teach certain mathematical principles, he's one of the few folks who actually gets to use Fractint on the job. Besides his involvement with Fractint, Wes is the author of WL-Plot, an equation graphing program, and MatCalc, a matrix calculator program.

GEORGE MARTIN

first became known to Fractint users when he brought a modicum of order to the chaotic world of formula postings with his release of the Orgform program and formula compilation. George added IF..ELSE to the formula parser language for version 19.6. Among his other contributions are the ability to include formula, ifs, and lsystem entries in .par files, the scrolling of text in the <z> and F2 screens, and new autokey commands.

George received an A.B. in Economics from Dartmouth College and a J.D from the University of Michigan. When not playing with Fractint, he practices law in a small village about 40 miles northwest of Detroit.

ROBIN BUSSELL

began contributing to fractint in rudimentary fashion with the autologmap routine and has been producing more and more complex interface enhancements as he gets better at what he refers to as 'this C programming lark' He is always grateful for the help the rest of the team have given in smoothing the rough edges of the ingredients he adds to the soup and regards the evolver feature as his greatest achievement to date.

Robin had far too much fun at college in London to actually get any qualifications there and has since worked his way up from a workshop job fixing computers back in the final days of CPM, via some interesting work with Transputers ( an innovative British cpu that was designed to run in massively parallel configurations, and made a very good Mandlebrot set calculating machine when a few dozen or more were set to the task) , through to his current position of senior engineer for a third party suppport company where he spends his time travelling the south west of Britain sorting out peoples IT problems. Anyone wishing to offer him interesting work in anything to do with computers can find a CV at: http://web.ukonline.co.uk/robin.b2/rbcv.htm

When not playing with computers Robin likes to relax by experimenting with kite powered traction and can often be found hurtling around the local beaches on the end of a few square metres of fabric and carbon fibre in various configurations.


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