I his book carries only my name as author, but in fact it is the result of collaborative work with many other people. First and foremost, I’d like to thank my textbook co-authors—especially Megan Donahue, Nick Schneider, Mark Voit, and Seth Shostak—who have helped me at some point with nearly all of the topics discussed in this book. Indeed, they’ll even recognize some of the exact words in the book as ones we’ve worked on together and that I borrowed from our textbooks. Many other friends and colleagues—too many to name—have also contributed through the great discussions we’ve had over the years.
Extra special thanks also to my good friend Joan Marsh, who has worked on nearly every book I’ve ever written and carefully read this manuscript multiple times, suggesting many changes and helping me get it to the point where it could impress a publisher enough to make it into print. Thanks also to my agent, Skip Barker, and editor Ingrid Gnerlich, who turned the manuscript into a published book.
Finally and most importantly, I thank my wife, Lisa, without whom I would never have had the opportunity to write any of my books. A little over a decade ago, I was making a living by teaching undergraduate courses and doing grant-supported research. Lisa made my transition to writing possible by supporting us almost single-handedly during the many years it took to write the first editions of my textbooks, which ultimately led to this and other books as well. She has also been my most trusted advisor and best friend, and she is the kindest, most intelligent, and most thoughtful person I have ever had the privilege to know.