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MAGI (Mathematics Application Group, Inc.)

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  • co-founder
  • pioneer
  • Tron
  • software engineer
  • Pioneer
  • Founded by three fellow scientists: Phil Mittelman (RPI), Leon Malin and lead software architect Walter Guber in 1966 as a spin off of United Nuclear Corporation. The original purpose of the companies was to carry out nuclear radiation penetration studies, in order to calculate shielding requirements and other such top secret government things. (The name MAGI was also a joking reference to the fact that it was founded by "three wise men".)

  • In fact, the very first ray-traced image was produced in 1967 or 1968, output on special test equipment (similar to an oscilloscope) developed at the University of Maryland. An 'egg in a box' whose complex hidden surface problems were easily handled by the new raytracing technique and boolean geometry.

  • first raytraced image

    In fact, the very first ray-traced image was produced in 1967 or 1968, output on special test equipment (similar to an oscilloscope) developed at the University of Maryland. An 'egg in a box' whose complex hidden surface problems were easily handled by the new raytracing technique and boolean geometry.

  • How the largest 'junkmail' company in Westchester created TRON! In its early days, MAGI's largest business was creating 'junk mail' databases for direct mail and marketing uses. Three other divisions included: A CAD/CAM group which was very busy in manufacturing and defense contracts, Computer Slides Corp., which handled the presentation business projects; and the smallest of them all: Synthavision

  • From junkmail to Tron

    How the largest 'junkmail' company in Westchester created TRON! In its early days, MAGI's largest business was creating 'junk mail' databases for direct mail and marketing uses. Three other divisions included: A CAD/CAM group which was very busy in manufacturing and defense contracts, Computer Slides Corp., which handled the presentation business projects; and the smallest of them all: Synthavision