Academic journal article Transactions of the American Philosophical Society

Acknowledgments

Academic journal article Transactions of the American Philosophical Society

Acknowledgments

Article excerpt

It was such an exciting occasion when, at the American Philosophical Society's Benjamin Franklin Hall in Philadelphia, I met just the person I came to see, Mary McDonald, the society's editor and director of publications. I had an idea for a book and was trying for some weeks to determine how I would introduce the subject to her. For fear of becoming tongue-tied I wrote it out, and with it in my shaking hand I asked if she would be interested in publishing a book of my late husband Prof. David Pingree's essays that would be suitable for an undergraduate audience as well as the general reader. She said "Yes."

My first book. It has been a great and happy experience, and the generous aid of many friends and former colleagues of David's have helped to make it so. Later that day I told the news to Prof. Alexander Jones of New York University, himself a member of the Philosophical Society. He congratulated me and offered his help. And when I returned to Providence, Prof. John Steele of Brown University did the same. Both Alex and John, with their superior knowledge of the field of Ancient Science, have been the best of advisors and tutors.

My daughter Amanda Pingree has been a steady source of encouragement throughout this new experience. Her knowledge of the publishing world and her computer skills, being much stronger than mine, have made it possible, even though she lives in Switzerland, to call upon for advice or help in all matters. She had great facility with such important tasks during the planning phase of Pathways when she was able to find her father's colleagues' addresses and to set up a current mailing list for them. …

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