This book began as an article in the New York Times and during the book's development I wrote several other pieces for the Times on the undercovered subject of special science schools. So initial acknowledgments must go to the editors at the Times who encouraged those pieces, particularly Lawrie Mifflin, Suzanne Daley, Duayne Draffen and Gerald Boyd, and to Carolyn Lee for her generous counsel.
This book simply would not have been possible without the enthusiasm and gracious encouragement of my friend and editor at Addison-Wesley, Nancy Miller, who shared with me a childhood wonder about the young men and women who cleave to the world of science. Thanks for their fervor must also go to my agents, Michael Carlisle and Pam Bernstein. And my wife, Brenda, and daughter, Annie, gave me the quiet mornings I needed to complete this book even though it robbed them of considerable family time.
I'd like to thank all the people who let me into their schools and classrooms and chatted with me about the teaching of science: At Bronx Science, Carol Greene, Ellen Berman, Don Lamanna, and Vincent Galasso; at Stuyvesant, Richard Plass and Abraham Baumel; at Midwood, Stanley Shapiro, Jay Berman and David Kiefer; at North Carolina, Steve Warshaw, Kevin Bartkovich, John Frederick, Bill Youngblood, David Stein and Gina Norman; and so many others whose names for reasons of space I apologize for leaving out.
The folks at Westinghouse and Science Service and those long associated with these organizations were always cooperative in explaining the lore and subtleties of their contest: Carol Luszcz, Eileen Milling, Richard Gott, Dorothy Shriver, Nina Tabachnik