In 1993 I turned in this massive dissertation in order to make good my Escape from Graduate School. I was angling for the Proof by Intimidation approach--no one could read all that! At least, no one on my committee would, I was certain... My goal was to be able to break the desks of my committee members when I slammed it down for them.
People occasionally ask for a copy. But 280 pages is a lot of paper, and the slides constituting the color plates would cost 'em $40, so here's a PDF version (thanks to Chris Whittier for converting it from the much larger and less portable Postscript version).
Beware: it's 574,669 turgid bytes and it doesn't contain any of the illustrations--they were done separately and pasted in. (How quaint!) At the time of this writing, we're working on revamping the PDF version to be better than the original text, by including the color illustrations in the text, rather than as a set of slides in an appendix.
The text is really much too long and prolix. I recommend that you wait for the book, which just might get written someday. Heck, maybe the MojoWorld manual will serve as its replacement.
There is a humorous footnote to this fetid tome: When Jim Arvo, also a Yale grad student, finally submitted his dissertation in 1995, they (of the Yale CS department) told him "It needs more pictures." Apparently they thought all graphics dissertations looked like mine. Anyone who knows Jim's work will see the humor in this! He used to tell me "I want my dissertation to close the book on mathematical foundations for computer graphics." While I urged him to be more modest and simply make good his Escape, he may well have gone ahead and done just that... He's now a professor at Cal Tech, having turned down an offer from Princeton. Tough break there, Jimbo. But hey, you need more pictures...