In such a rapidly evolving field, it is important to be aware of the latest developments, as well as those areas of ongoing research. Two important recent developments are of special importance. The first has been the explosion of the internet. The growth of the web has created a new medium by which visualization can be presented with a high level of interaction.
The second recent (and continuing) development is the increase in speed of PCs, as well as the reduction in cost of high end workstations. This is bringing the world of Scientific Visualization to every possible user.